South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is one of the quickly-rising spin-bowlers in world cricket currently. With Imran Tahir retiring from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup, South Africa has preferred Tabraiz Shamsi to don the spinner’s role for them in the format. The 30-year old underlined that playing in IPL was a sensational experience for him.
Tabraiz Shamsi played for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in only one season, which was in 2016. Shamsi came as a replacement for West Indian wrist-spinner Samuel Badree, featuring in four matches only. He took three scalps in four games with best bowling figures of 1/21. Since then, Shamsi has remained in and out of the national side as well.
Tabraiz Shamsi revealed that playing in IPL was indeed “eye-opening”, especially for someone, who was an unknown prospect. The left-arm spinner added that he had never played for his country or in front of big crowds, which can either make a player nervous or excited. In Shamsi’s case, it was the latter.
“Obviously, it is eye opening, especially for somebody that was an unknown player, I had never played for my country, so I never played in front of big crowds like that. And it depends on the type of person you are, either it is going to make you nervous or either it is going to make you excited and for me, it was really exciting to be there,” Tabraiz Shamsi said in Cricket Unplugged with Anis Sajan.
It is nice to pick up knowledge from the other guys and implement them in your own game: Tabraiz Shamsi
The Johannesburg-born continued stating that when you mix up with players of other countries, one gets to know how they handle themselves under pressure and win games. Tabraiz Shamsi reckons it feels glad to pick up some of their skills and imbibe into your game.
“When you mingle with players from other countries, they’ve developed their own ways of winning games and stuff. So, it is nice to pick up knowledge from the other guys and implement them in your own game,” Tabraiz Shamsi added.