South Africa‘s spin-bowler, Tabraiz Shamsi, was all praises for Babar Azam, who ushered Pakistan to ODI and T20 series victories in the rainbow nation recently. Babar Azam was one of the significant performers in Pakistan’s successful white-ball tour of South Africa. But Tabraiz Shamsi asserted that despite not dismissing the Pakistan captain, does not mean he was not successful.
Tabraiz Shamsi, the number-one ranked T20 bowler, did not enjoy an enormous amount of success against Pakistan in the recently-concluded series. The 31-year old managed only one wicket in the two ODIs he played and four scalps in as many T20Is. While Pakistan’s middle-order often crumbled under pressure, the likes of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan did enough to secure a series win by batting well at the top.
Tabraiz Shamsi underlined that Babar Azam is a top-notch batsman and asserted that having not had his wicket does not make him unsuccessful. Shamsi conceded that there’s plenty of planning that goes into it without worrying about the technical aspects of bowling and his body allows him to bowl wherever he wants to.
“Babar Azam is a quality batsman. I didn’t get him out in this series but that isn’t always the end goal and doesn’t necessarily mean that you were unsuccessful. There’s a lot of planning that goes into it and I don’t tend to worry about technical aspects of bowling because I feel that my body will just tell me how to get the ball wherever I want it to go if I have been practising enough,” Shamsi told PakPassion.net.
I do like to watch a lot of footage and plan a lot: Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi conceded he likes to see plenty of footages and plan out with the video analysts to work batsmen out, assessing methods of success against them. The 31-year old enjoys the work that goes on behind the scenes to get the better of the best batters.
“I do like to watch a lot of footage and I do like to plan a lot and to bowl a lot in the nets. I work with the video analysts and sit down and try to work batsmen out and see where most likely you will get success against them and to prevent them scoring runs against you. A lot of the work gets done behind the scenes and that’s something I enjoy,” he added.