- Mohammed Taha
- Current Team
- 7 Mohammed Taha, BIJAPUR BULLS
Cricket is a game where the contribution from the ball is equally important as much as the contribution with the bat. However, the main attraction of T20 matches is the swashbuckling heroics of the batsmen. The Karnataka Premier League is one such T20 tournament which has unearthed several stars over the years. And one such crowd favorite is Mohammed Taha who is renowned for his unconventional batting style and also for clearing the ropes with ease.
Born on 2nd of November 1993, the 23-year-old did not have the going easy in his earlier days. Surprisingly, Taha took up cricket fervently only at the age of 16, an age where most of his current teammates had a well-defined career objective. However, luck inclined on Taha’s side as the right-hander took only 2 years to make his first appearance in the first division. Another interesting fact is that Taha never played cricket at any other zonal division prior to his debut for Jawans Cricket Club in the 2011-12 season.
When asked about his rapid growth in his cricketing career, Taha said, “I started as an off-spinner and always believed in myself. The belief instilled by Irfan Sait Sir (his first coach), resulted positively in my cricket career and I directly played first division cricket. I was also concentrating on my batting and eventually in 2014 I made my KPL debut as an opening batsman.”
The 2015 edition of KPL was the breakthrough season for Taha. He was the third highest run getter with 308 runs and following the same, he was picked up for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in early 2016 and made his debut against Services. He started off with a duck but it was followed by a couple of watchful performances and has made 4 appearances till date for Karnataka with 86 runs to his name.
The 2016 edition was more fruitful for Taha as he established himself as a reliable and dominant opener as he amassed 358 runs with a strike rate close to 150 per innings. Taha is all set to fire in the 2017 edition of the KPL and said, “I am looking forward to doing well in the sixth edition of KPL and be the highest run scorer this year. My primary aim is to be consistent so that I can get a chance to play in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League.”
Taha has revealed that he trains close to four hours in a day and also that his mentors are his benefactors. His motto in life is simple -“keep working hard and believe in god always”. He closely follows AB de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen for their style of play which coincides with Taha’s unorthodox style as well. Off the field, Taha loves a meal of Biryani, enjoys watching Shah Rukh Khan movies.