Tabraiz Shamsi, the number 1 T20 spinner, was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad in 2016 and 2017. He featured in 4 matches for Virat Kohli’s side managing three wickets at a high economy rate of 9.19.
Andrew Tye has withdrawn from the remainder of the season; he had earlier flew back home during the India leg amid the worsening covid-19 situation and the closure of Australia borders. He becomes the second player to be replaced for the UAE leg for the Royals after they roped in New Zealand keeper-batsman Glenn Phillips for Jos Buttler.
They are already without Jofra Archer, who has been ruled out for the rest of the year. Ben Stokes, who is currently on a break to tend to his mental health, is also unlikely to return to the IPL this season considering the T20 World Cup and Ashes follow the IPL.
Rajasthan Royals announce Tabraiz Shamsi as AJ Tye’s replacement for the UAE leg:
Rajasthan Royals announced the signing of Tabraiz Shamsi on Wednesday in a video that reflects on the spinner’s different styles of famous celebrations.
“Magic. Shamsi. Pink. The world’s No.1 T20I bowler will represent the Royals in UAE,” the post was captioned.
Shamsi is the Royals' second replacement signing for the remainder of #IPL2021, replacing AJ Tye.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) August 25, 2021
The 31-year-old chinaman has ascended to the top of ICC rankings with staggering bowling performances in recent times. Since the start of 2020, Tabraiz Shamsi has bagged 33 wickets in 23 matches at an average of 17.09 with an impressive economy of 17.09.
The Sanju Samson-led outfit is fifth on the points table with 3 wins and 4 losses in the first half of the tournament.