South Africa spin bowler Tabraiz Shamsi was chuffed with the team’s collective efforts that helped them to win the T20I series 2-1 against England. On Sunday, the David Miller-led side crushed England by 90 runs in the series-decider match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Reeza Hendricks (70) and Aiden Markram (51) struck half-centuries while captain David Miller smashed 22 off nine deliveries in the slog overs to power the Proteas to 191/5.
There is a nice thing building within our team: Tabraiz Shamsi
Shamsi registered a maiden five-wicket haul claiming 5/24 to bowl out the hosts for 101 in 16.4 overs. The South African spinner feels the team is growing with enough confidence since the start of the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE, where they missed the qualification berth in the semis because of an inferior net-run rate to Australia in Group 1.
“It was brilliant. Starting with the batsmen, to the fielding and then the bowlers too. It was not just me, the guys who bowled before me did a great job,” Shamsi said in the press conference after the game.
“There is a nice thing building within our team. We have been on the journey since last year, before the World Cup, so there is lots of confidence in the team,” he added.
I try to go on what the captain wants from me: Tabraiz Shamsi on his bowling plans
Shamsi, who is currently ranked number 3 in the ICC T20I bowler’s rankings, has picked nine wickets in seven games this year for his country. The 32-year-old mentioned how he executes his bowling plans on the advice of the captain and wicketkeeper of the team.
“I have learnt a lot about my bowling and I know that sometimes the captain wants me to hold the game, which I can do, and in other instances, if the captain wants me to take wickets, I can try to take wickets,” Shamsi said.
“I try to go on what the captain wants from me on the day and probably Quinny [Quinton de Kock] behind the stumps. That is how I try to gauge things and try to do whatever the team needs on the day for us to win the game,” he added.
South Africa will move to Bristol to play two T20I matches against Ireland, starting on Wednesday (August 3). South Africa’s ace bowler Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the two games after suffering from an ankle injury.