Popularly called “The Wild Thing”, Shaun Tait, the fastest bowler of his time in the world, finally became India’s overseas citizen. It was in the year 2014 that he tied knot with Mashoom Singha, an Indian model, whom he met in the year 2010 when he played for Rajasthan Royals. The couple tied the knot and now he is a citizen.
Shaun Tait got an Indian passport subsequent to getting wed to an Indian. This makes him an overseas citizen of the nation; however, it should be kept in mind that there’s a difference between dual citizenship and the overseas one. The point that needs to be remembered here is that the Indian constitution doesn’t allow a dual citizenship. As per the laws laid down by the land,
“The Government of India, on application, may register any person as an overseas citizen of India if the person is a spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder registered under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.”
The big question we all want to know is if Shaun Tait if fit can play for the Indian Cricket team in the immediate future. Well, the answer to the question is NO because as per the rules of ICC, a cricketer can play for another country only after at least four years of playing his last international match. It was in Jan 2016 that Shaun Tait played for Australia for the last time and keeping it into mind, he can represent India only in the year 2020.
Tait fastest speed of bowling has been registered as 161.1 km/h which makes him the second fastest bowler in the world, tied with Brett Lee who has the same speed, with the first being Shoaib Akhtar with the speed of 161.3 km/h.
After entering the world of cricket in the year 2005 for Australia, Tait has suffered injuries a lot which resulted in his inconsistent performances and he was never able to make his place solid in the team.
Tait has picked up 91 wickets in his cricket career of two test matches, 21 ODIs and 35 T20Is. Believe it or not! He was also a member of the 2007 Cricket World Cup Winner Team.
The cricketer took the decision of a voluntary retirement in the year 2008 for an uncertain period but he came back to play T20; however, he chose to stay away from first class cricket matches, as he wanted to focus on T20.