Tabraiz Shamsi is known for his magic celebrations and continued doing the same in a recent Mzansi Super League game
Tabraiz Shamsi has been one of the draws in the Mzansi Super League, but not only because of his bowling.
Over the years, we have seen many cricketers with unique ways of celebrating a wicket or a century. There is the Sheldon Cottrell salute send-off.
Following a wicket, the West Indies bowler marches down the pitch like a soldier and salutes the batsman as a gesture of sending him off.
Then there is Dwayne Bravo’s champion dance. After taking any wicket or catch, the DJ performs the ‘champion’ dance on the field.
Among Indians, Virat Kohli sticks his tongue out as a way of celebrating a moment in the game. Coming to South Africa, Imran Tahir runs all over the ground after taking a wicket.
Latest to join the list of players with unique ways of celebration is Tahir’s fellow countryman Shamsi.
Shamsi, playing for the Paarl Rocks in the Mzansi Super League against Durban Heat at Paarl, was bowling to Wihab Lubbe, who tried to loft the ball down the wicket but it went straight in the hands of Hardus Viljoen at mid-on.
The wicket was a big one in the context of the game, and the delight could be seen on Shamsi’s face. The chinaman bowler took out a red handkerchief from his pocket and turned it into a stick. This method of celebration was never before seen in any sport and has confused many.
Shamsi wanted to be a magician
The video has gone viral on the internet as many were left amazed by the magic trick. Fans argue that this could be the best celebration they have seen in the history of cricket.
Shamsi returned with figures of 2/37 in the game, in which he also dismissed South Africa batsman David Miller for 40. However, his two wickets came in a losing cause as Durban Heat chased down the target of 196 with seven balls and six wickets to spare.
“I have always been fascinated by magic and different tricks,” said Shamsi in the post-match conference.
“From the age of about 15 or 16, I wanted to become a magician as it was a hobby of mine. It wasn’t just a phase, but something that really interested me as a small child. I still love it, but cricket obviously took over after that,” he added (h/t India Today).
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