Full name Tabraiz Shamsi
Born February 18, 1990, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Current age 26 years 340 days
Major teams Dolphins, Easterns, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, KwaZulu-Natal, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Lions, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Titans
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm chinaman
|Only Test||Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Nov 24-27, 2016 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v South Africa at Providence, Jun 7, 2016 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Oct 9, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||South Western Districts v Gauteng at Oudtshoorn, Nov 5-6, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Titans v Lions at Benoni, Jan 12-15, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||South Western Districts v Gauteng at Oudtshoorn, Nov 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Oct 9, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Eastern Province at Pietermaritzburg, Nov 20, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Titans v Warriors at Centurion, Dec 16, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3/108, 4, 0/51||Titans||v Lions||Benoni||12 Jan 2017||FC|
|2/36||Titans||v Warriors||Centurion||16 Dec 2016||T20|
|-||Titans||v Warriors||East London||11 Dec 2016||T20|
|0/31||Titans||v Lions||Centurion||7 Dec 2016||T20|
|0, 1/18||Titans||v Warriors||Centurion||2 Dec 2016||T20|
|18*, 1/101, 0*, 1/49||South Africa||v Australia||Adelaide||24 Nov 2016||Test # 2236|
|4/72||Sth Africans||v Victoria XI||Melbourne||19 Nov 2016||Other OD|
|6*, 0/87||Sth Africans||v SOA XI||Adelaide||27 Oct 2016||Other|
|0/8||Sth Africans||v CA XI||Adelaide||22 Oct 2016||Other|
|3/36||South Africa||v Australia||Port Elizabeth||9 Oct 2016||ODI # 3792|
A chinaman bowler with ample variations and a googly, Tabraiz Shamsi emerged as South Africa were starting to warm to the wave of spinners being produced at domestic levels, although it took a while for him to come through.
Shamsi started his career at Gauteng, moved to Kwa-Zulu Natal Inland, then Kwa-Zulu Natal and, when he struggled to breakthrough to the Dolphins franchise, moved back up country to join Titans. At first, he seemed destined to play provincially only but an impressive 2013-14 season for Easterns, in which he took 47 wickets at 20.02 to finish third in the three-day cup wicket-takers' list, got him more chances for the franchise.
He played five matches in the 2014-15 franchise 20-over competition and caught the eye of the touring West Indians, who were visiting South Africa that summer. Shamsi was signed in 2015 by Caribbean Premier League franchise St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, where Eric Simons was coach. There, Shamsi rose to some prominence, taking 11 wickets at 13.27 in the seven matches he played.
More regular opportunities in franchise cricket came the next season and Shamsi took them. He finished as the leading spinner in South Africa's first-class competition in the 2015-16 summer, in which he took 41 wickets at 19.97 in Titans' title-run. He was less successful in shorter formats but he maintained an economy rate of just over seven runs to the over in T20s, which had him picked for South African A side that was playing the touring England XI in a T20 warm-up match.
Even bigger breaks came when he was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement player for the injured Samuel Badree during the 2016 IPL and, soon after, picked in South Africa's ODI squad to play a triangular series in the Caribbean.
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