T20 WC: Sometimes on the floor, sometimes on the floor, POTM in 2 out of 4 matches, embarrassing in one

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New Delhi. Despite his formidable bowling skills, 34-year-old Tabrez Shamsi could not become a permanent member of the South African cricket team. Poor fitness and lack of consistency in performance can be attributed to this. The 34-year-old ‘Chinaman’ bowler Shamsi has played only 51 ODIs and 69 T20s so far in 8 years of international cricket. Even good batsmen fail to read left-arm spinner Shamsi’s googly, but poor fielding and fitness hamper them. Shamsi is proving to be the key bowler for South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2024 and is playing an important role in the team’s victory.

Although Enrique Norcia (13) and Kagiso Rabada (12) have taken more wickets than Shamsi, Levy Shamsi’s 11 wickets (at an average of 9.27 and a strike rate of 7.37) after playing 4 matches less than these two fast bowlers makes him special. Again today in the first semi-final against Afghanistan (Afghanistan vs South Africa, 1st Semi-Final) Shamsi impressed with his spin and took 3 wickets for 6 runs and was instrumental in restricting the opposition to 56 runs. He bowled just 11 balls in the match and sent Karim Janat, Noor Ahmed and Naveen Ul Haq back to the pavilion. South Africa have made it to the T20 World Cup final for the first time by winning this match easily by 9 wickets. Today the Indian team will face England (IND Vs ENG) in the second semi-final.

Shamsi’s journey so far in the tournament has been full of ups and downs. While his performances in 3 of his 4 matches were of the highest order, he faced infamy due to his extremely poor performance in one match. South Africa started their campaign in the tournament with a 6-wicket win against Sri Lanka but Shamsi only made it to the playing eleven in the fourth match against Nepal. Taking full advantage of this match, he took 4 wickets for 19 runs and became the player of the match. Later, he also made his mark in the crucial match against West Indies and was again named player of the match with three wickets for 27 runs. In this match, he dismissed Kyle Meyers, Roston Chase and Sherfan Rutherford.

Team India has a chance to settle the score, England’s batsmen are superior in strike rate but India have the X factor.

Was ‘washed’ in the match against America

However, there was a big ‘downfall’ in Shamsi’s performance between these two matches. They suffered a defeat against the American team at Nainvelly and managed to take just one wicket despite being ‘lost’ by 50 runs in four overs. With this poor analysis, the most expensive bowling analysis of the current World Cup was recorded in the name of Shamsi. It will be good for Australia’s Marcus Stoinis, who took Shamsi’s ‘unwanted’ record by conceding 56 runs in 4 overs in the match against Team India. Shamsi can now be satisfied that the record for the most expensive bowling in the T20 World Cup 2024 is no longer in his name.

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Shamsi’s performance in the tournament
vs Nepal: 4/19
Vs America: 1/50
Vs West Indies: 3/27
Afghanistan vs: 3/6

The cricketing journey is similar to that of Kuldeep Yadav
Shamsi’s cricket journey is similar to India’s Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. Like Kuldeep, Shamsi also bowled fast initially but the coach said he lacked the speed and skill to bowl fast. He was advised to become a spinner. In such a situation, Shamsi started bowling with left arm spin and never looked back. He took 11 wickets in the Caribbean Premier League in 2015 and was named in the Eastern Cricket Team for this year’s Africa T20 Cup. After this, Shamsi paved the way for his entry into the South African team with his performance. He made his international debut on 7 June 2016, playing an ODI against Australia. In the match, he took one wicket by giving 36 runs in 8 overs. Shamsi has so far played two Tests, 51 ODIs and 69 T20Is. He has taken 6 wickets in Tests, 72 in ODIs and 89 in T20Is. 5 for 24 is his best performance in T20Is. Like Kuldeep, Shamsi also did not get a place in the playing eleven of the team’s opening matches in this World Cup.

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The third T20 World Cup has been memorable so far
This is Tabrez Shamsi’s third World Cup. In 11 matches of the tournament, Shamsi has so far taken 23 wickets at an average of 12.13 and an economy of 6.83. He has also been part of the 2021 and 2022 South African squads. In 2021 World Cup he took 8 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 15.12 and in 2022 World Cup he took 4 wickets in 2 matches at an average of 14.00. So far in the current World Cup, he has taken 11 wickets for 102 runs in 13.5 overs in 4 matches. During this period his bowling average was 9.27, economy 7.37 and strike rate 7.5. In the final as well, it can prove to be the trump card of the South African team’s bowling.

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His signature style of celebrating has also been in the news.

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Shamsi was once in the news for his style of celebrating after taking a wicket. After the beating, he would take off his shoe and put it on his ear, as if he was talking to someone on a mobile phone. Videos of his signature style celebrations once went viral on social media. However, after the controversy over this style, he has now stopped celebrating this way.

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