Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has now become an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). The pacer, who made the Australian team win the World Cup in 2007, posted a picture of his OCI passport on Twitter Friday. This warm development took place when there are a four-match Test series going on between India and Australia. The final Test of the series is going to get underway at Dharamsala on Saturday where sparks are expected to fly between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith’s men with a series victory at stake.
While a “war” is being waged on the field, Tait, known for his pace and aggression, has embraced India. Well, it has a lot to do with his wife. Shaun Tait is married to Indian model Mashoom Singha, whom he started dating in 2010 while playing in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals. Tait and Singha got married in 2014.
Tait is one of the fastest blowers world cricket has ever witnessed. He was key to Australia cricket team’s triumph in the 2007 ODI World Cup in the West Indies. He was also the tournament’s joint-second highest wicket-taker, alongside Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan on 23 wickets, behind Glenn McGrath. Tait’s career after the World Cup was not smooth. Hampered with injuries, he started focusing more on the Twenty20 format.
His Test career ended in 2008, and he retired from ODIs in 2011. The pacer’s last game for Australia was a T20 against India in January 2016. This fast bowler who has played 35 ODIs, 21 T20Is and 3 Tests for the Team from Down Under however, is unlikely to play for India. As per ICC rules, he is eligible to play for India only in 2020, when he would be 38 and already well past his prime.
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 constitution of India, “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 Card holder 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.”