It took Tabraiz Shamsi three matches to get his maiden wicket in Twenty20 Internationals. The chinaman spinner from South Africa made his debut during the England series last year (2017). However, he had gone wicketless in his first two games.
But as they say patience pays and Shasmi could not have asked for a better maiden T20I wicket. The spinner dismissed none other than Virat Kohli, the number one-ranked T20 batsman in the world, to open his account. Shamsi accounted for the India skipper during the first T20 International on Sunday (February 18) in Johannesburg.
Kohli had entered the game on the back of a very successful six-match ODI series. The 29-year old had amassed staggering 558 runs in six outings including three centuries and a half-century. But before he could inflict more damage on the Proteas, Shamsi sent him back for 26 off 20 balls.
Shamsi could have had his man early, but Farhaan Behardien dropped a sitter at long-on when Kohli was batting on just 10.
Delighted with the big scalp, Shamsi took to his Twitter account – to express his happiness after the game ended. Posting a collage of his celebrations, he wrote: “Such an amazing feeling getting my first International T20 wicket yesterday…. and to get one of the best batsmen in the history of the game made it even sweeter ?.”
India spoils Tabraiz Shamsi’s day:
Shamsi would have loved to see his side win the game on the day he took his first wicket. However, India once again proved too hot to handle for the hosts.
The high-flying visitors thrashed the hosts by 28 runs to go one nil up in the three-match T20I series. Sent in to bat first, India scored a mammoth 203 for five in the allotted 20 overs.
Left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan led India’s charge with the bat, scoring 72 off just 29.
After that, Bhuvneshwar Kumar ran through the Proteas lineup to restrict them to 175 for nine in 20 overs. The right-arm pacer finished with stunning figures of five for 24 – to claim the Man of the Match award.
The second match of the series will be played in Centurion on Wednesday (February 21).
Here’s how Tabraiz Shamsi reacted:
Such an amazing feeling getting my first International T20 wicket yesterday…. and to get one of the best batsmen in the history of the game made it even sweeter 🙏#Celebrations #OverTheMoon #ClearlyVeryVeryHappy #Lol pic.twitter.com/Of3YrAnUXF
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) February 19, 2018
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