Wanted to become a magician before taking up cricket: Shamsi

back icon
safari
06 Dec 2019 | 12:06 PM
authorAFP

Wanted to become a magician before taking up cricket: Shamsi

The South African spinner's extravagant celebrations after taking a wicket have attracted social media interest across the cricket-playing world

heart

Share

Before he became a full-time cricketer, South African spin bowler Tabraiz Shamsi wanted to become a professional magician. Now Shamsi has brought his old passion to the cricket field. His extravagant celebrations after taking a wicket have attracted social media interest across the cricket-playing world. The left-arm wrist spinner's latest trick is to take a large red handkerchief out of his pocket and, with a flick of his wrist, turn it into a metre-long wand.

"I have always wanted to enjoy myself on the cricket field," Shamsi told AFP on Friday.

"There's a lot of pressure playing professional cricket and sometimes you forget why you started playing cricket in the first place.

"It's a bit of fun. Not everyone likes it but my intentions are all good. I want to get more kids to enjoy the game."

Playing for the Paarl Rocks in South Africa's Mzansi Super League Twenty20 competition, Shamsi is the competition's joint second-highest wicket-taker with 12 wickets in seven matches at an average of 18.00, conceding a relatively economical 7.20 runs an over.With one league match to go, the Rocks are well-placed to make the three-team play-offs.

"Before cricket became serious for me, at the age of about 15, I wanted to be a professional magician," said Shamsi, 29, who has played in two Tests, 17 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 16 T20 Internationals for South Africa.

He first attracted attention for his celebrations with a dance move -– "some people called it the bus driver dance" -– which he unveiled while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in 2016.He then came up with a mock telephone call, taking off a shoe and pretending it was a mobile phone, while playing for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League two years ago.

The trick with the wand is his latest and most elaborate move. "It takes a lot of practice to get things right and I have to be aware of the television cameras so they don't see exactly what I do," he said.

There could be more to come. "I'm always thinking of something new –- but the most important thing is still the bowling. If there are no wickets, there are no celebrations."

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Tabraiz ShamsiSouth Africa

Related Articles

safari
REPORT
Ice-cold Malan, Morgan take England to series win
Tabraiz Shamsi took three key wickets during the middle-overs
userShubh Aggarwal
29 Nov 2020
safari
FANTASY
South Africa vs England, First T20I, Cape Town: Fantasy Preview
Here are a few tips and suggestions that might help you in creating your fantasy team for the first T20I
userCricket.com Staff
26 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Glenton Stuurman gets maiden call up for England white-ball series
The three-match T20I series and as many ODIs series between South Africa and England will take place from 27 November to 09 December 2020
userAFP
06 Nov 2020
safari
FANTASY
South Africa vs Australia, 2nd T20I, Port Elizabeth: Fantasy Preview
Here are a few tips that might help you in creating your fantasy team for the second T20 International between South Africa and Australia, at Port Elizabeth on Sunday
userCricket.com Staff
22 Feb 2020
safari
SA-AUS 1ST T20I
Ashton Agar's dream spell guides Australia to big win
Australia take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series
userNitin Fernandes
21 Feb 2020
safari
SA-ENG 2ND T20I PREVIEW
Upbeat South Africa aim to seal series against England
Proteas will be all charged up going into the second T20I after pulling off a miraculous one-run win in the first encounter
userHardik Worah
13 Feb 2020
safari
ANALYSIS
Rejuvenated South Africa look to seal series in Durban
Can England bounce back after losing the Cape Town ODI?
userNitin Fernandes
06 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
James Vince joins Paarl Rocks
The England batsman recently scored his maiden T20I fifty for England in the series against New Zealand
userCSA Media Release
15 Nov 2019
safari
NEWS
Duminy ruled out of 2019 MSL
Paarl Rocks will decide on the replacement soon
userCSA Media Release
10 Nov 2019
safari
NEWS
Pressure always on the batsmen in T20s: Shamsi
The South African spinner feels bowlers like him are there just to spoil the batsman's party
userPTI
20 Sep 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved