Variations are essential for any chinaman bowler in this age where the bat often dominates the ball. Chinaman spinners are a nearly extinct species these days, as not too many chinaman bowlers are found around the cricketing fraternity.
Tabraiz Shamsi, who made his debut for South Africa against Australia at Guyana in the tri-series, is one such chinaman bowler who seems quite promising.
Shamsi had a dream debut against the Kangaroos as he picked up the all important wicket of Glenn Maxwell and was extremely miserly. Shamsi supported Imran Tahir quite well in the middle overs, in order to garrote the Aussie batsmen.
Post the game, where South Africa won with a bonus point, Shamsi said that he was quite delighted with the win.
Shamsi opened up about his style of celebration that had annoyed Australian opener David Warner during the IPL recently. “The whole thing got blown out of proportion and there’s nothing in it really,” Shamsi said.
“It was just a little fun thing. “It’s about having fun on the field, just enjoying ourselves. “As a child when you start playing the game, you play the game because you love it … that’s one thing I never want to forget.”
The mystery spinner said that playing in the IPL helped him to cope up with his debut. “It does really give you a bit of an edge when you play against players like that in the IPL it gives you confidence,” he said. “There’s a lot of people scrutinizing you. A lot of pressure, we tend to forget that fun factor,” he added.