Tabraiz Shamsi, South Africa bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: With Impressive range of variations, Shamsi can make an impact in England

Shamsi's array bristles with an impressive range of variations, most importantly a googly that jags sharply away from right-handers.

Telford Vice, Apr 30, 2019 19:00:01 IST

It is to Tabraiz Shamsi’s significant misfortune that he has emerged at a time when South Africa are unusually well served with spin bowling options.

File picture of Tabraiz Shamsi. AP

File picture of Tabraiz Shamsi. AP

Keshav Maharaj has taken his opportunity to nail down the slow bowler’s berth in Test cricket and there’s no shifting Imran Tahir from his place in the white-ball XIs.

More often than not since readmission in 1991, South Africa have had to pick the best of a mediocre bunch of spinners for the longer format and make do with even less impressive bowlers in the shorter stuff. That’s how it should be in a country where the quicks rule, aided and abetted by the conditions and, understandably, the attitudes of captains and coaches.

So it is to Shamsi’s considerable credit that he has been able to make himself seen and heard not only despite all that but also because he bowls the most esoteric brand of spin.

He has earned his attention by bowling aggressively as often as possible, conditions and match situation allowing. Not for Shamsi the wallflower role of keeping one end quiet while someone else comes up roses at the other. His array bristles with an impressive range of variations, most importantly a googly that jags sharply away from right-handers. He bowls with a magnetic intensity that only adds to the challenge of facing him, and also with humour — which can be equally dangerous for opponents.

Those qualities came to the attention of a wider audience when Royal Challengers Bangalore signed Shamsi to replace the injured Samuel Badree in the 2016 Indian Premier League — months before he played for South Africa for the first time.

Given Tahir’s pre-eminence in South Africa’s gameplan, and considering there wouldn’t seem to be many opportunities to deploy two spinners at a World Cup in England, it’s difficult to see how Shamsi will get a game at the tournament.

But, if he does, spectators are guaranteed something worth watching.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2019 19:00:01 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254