(born May 14, 1983, Harare
) is a Zimbabwean cricketer
. He is a wicketkeeper
and batsman, and can also bowl right arm off spin
. He became the youngest Test captain in history.
Taibu made his first-class
debut at the age of sixteen, and his debut for the national team
in 2001, at the age of eighteen. In 2003, he was appointed vice-captain to Heath Streak
on the team's tour of England
, and he was appointed national captain in April 2004, making him the youngest Test captain in history.
He took a two-year break for Zimbabwe in from 2005 to 2007 when he played a season as the captain of Namibia
and another season for the Cape Cobras
in South Africa.
He made his return to the Zimbabwean side in a series against India A in July 2007, registering a century. The following month Zimbabwe hosted South Africa for a three game ODI series and in the final game Taibu scored a career best 107 not out. It was the first ODI century by a Zimbabwean against South Africa.
On February 20, 2008, Taibu's contract was successfully purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders
of the Indian Premier League
During 2010 Taibu's form continued and he scored 73 against South Africa as Zimbabwe were all out for 268. The South Africans chased down the total comfortably with Hashim Amla
and AB de Villiers