Teams Played For
South Africa, Titans, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, South Africa A, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Northamptonshire, Stellenbosch Kings, Warriors, Paarl Rocks, Edinburgh Rocks, Hampshire
Left-arm chinaman bowlers have become a luxury in world cricket at the moment and Tabraiz Shamsi is one of those rare talents who has risen through the ranks and has established himself as a pivotal option for the Proteas especially in the shorter formats of the game. His deceptive nature and variations make him wicket-taking options in the shorter formats. He is an accurate bowler who has been given the term “Magician” after some exceptional performances in the last two years.
His talent was recognized by the Royal Challengers Bangalore when he was drafted into the squad in 2016 as a replacement for Samuel Badree. He played in just 4 matches and didn’t manage to prove his mettle. The conditions were not conducive for the spinners and Shamsi had a pretty tough time. The presence of Imran Tahir had prevented Shamsi from getting a long run but with his retirement after the 2019 World Cup, Shamsi has emerged as the frontline spinner for the Proteas in the shorter formats.
Shamsi has played in all 3 formats for the Proteas but has managed to make his presence felt only in the shorter formats. Shamsi didn’t have a good time in the first few years. It was in 2013/14 when Shamsi made a name for himself after finishing as the 3rd highest run-scorer in the domestic ODI competition. In 2015 Shamsi was awarded a place in St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots squad for the Caribbean Premier League.
Having made his first-class debut for Gauteng in 2009, Shamsi shifted to Kwa-Zulu Natal where he initially struggled for success. He finally managed to prove his point while playing for the Titans. Shamsi is one of the most animated characters in world cricket. His shoe celebration is quite popular and tends to bring out different celebrations whenever he gets a wicket. His celebration after bagging the wicket of AB de Villiers in the Mzansi Super League last year made headlines.
Shamsi was part of the South African squad for the 2019 World Cup. In a relatively below-par campaign for the Proteas, Shamsi was included in the XI twice in the round-robin league as Tahir was the preferred spinner. Following his retirement, Shamsi has emerged as a good like for like replacement in the shorter formats.