If celebrating a wicket is an art, then Tabraiz Shamsi is its Picasso. The left-hander constantly pushes the envelope and comes up modes of celebration that proceeds to leave everyone both gobsmacked as well as in splits. And, he does that literally every game.
But, even by the left-armer’s very high standards, what Shamsi did during the ongoing Mzansi League fixture between Paarl Rocks and Durban Heat fixture was truly out of the extraordinary. Playing for the Paarl Rocks, Shamsi literally pulled a rabbit out of the hat after he had dismissed left-handed batsman Wihan Lubbe in the eighth over.
Upon taking the wicket, Shamsi proceeded to take out a piece of cloth from his pocket and in a matter of seconds turned it into a mini sword, leaving everyone with one of those ‘what just happened’ moments. Of course, the video of Shamsi pulling off a magic trick spread like wildfire on social media. It caught the eye of everyone including the likes of India’s batting prospect Shreyas Iyer.
Iyer took to Twitter where captioned video as, “Love a good magic trick myself @shamsi90 This one worked like a charm.”
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) December 5, 2019
Alex Hales eventually spoiled Tabraiz Shamsi’s party in the end
This is not the only thing that became a social media rage in the ongoing Mzansi Super League. The franchise-based league has gathered momentum in the past few days thanks to thrilling encounters and individual brilliance. In one of the fixtures, Dale Steyn made a rather cheeky attempt to run out his compatriot AB de Villiers as the latter continues to enthrall the folklore with his precocious hitting skills.
In Paarl Rocks vs Durban Heat fixture, Shamsi’s celebration, as well as his two wickets, weren’t enough to dent Heats’ charge as Alex Hales decided to be gatecrasher in the formers’ party. The English opener stroked a whirlwind 55-ball 97- an innings which included 9 fours and 4 Brobdingnagian sixes- to help his side successfully chase down 2-195, set by Paarl Rocks.
As far as the celebration is concerned, Tabraiz Shamsi has set the benchmark, it’s now up to the likes of Sheldon Cottrell and others to push the envelope even further.
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