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Thandi Tshabalala
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Thandi Tshabalala

South Africa|Bowler
Thandi Tshabalala

INTL CAREER: 2006 - 2007

Full Name

Mthandeki Samson Tshabalala

Born

November 19, 1984, Welkom, Free State

Age

36y 177d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Few people in South African cricket doubt that off-spinner Thandi Tshabalala has what it takes to perform at international level. But there is a diverse array of opinions when it comes to just when the black Free Stater will be properly ready for the step up. Tshabalala had his first national call-up in February 2006 when he was named in the squad for the Twenty20 international against Australia. He eventually did not play, but was chosen for the tour to Sri Lanka in July before finally making his ODI debut against Ireland in Stormont in June 2007.

Hailing from Welkom - a mining town 150km north of Bloemfontein - Tshabalala initially caught the eye as a top-order batsman when he played for Free State Schools in 2001. He did not have too much success in that role at senior level, however, but showed much promise as a finger spinner.

Tshabalala first made his name in the uncertain world of limited-overs cricket, especially Twenty20, in which he was the leading wicket-taker after the first two seasons of competition. The diminutive Tshabalala gets enough turn and has enough variation to keep batsmen guessing, but is still very much learning his trade. With Paul Harris cementing the spinner's spot in Tests, and the pair of Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe proving effective in the shorter formats, his international chances have been limited.
Ken Borland October 2009

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
ODI4415015131/301/3050.336.0450.00000
FC851115168021665/6840.973.6567.10530
List A10943313537894/244/2439.744.9048.60200
T2053519791085574/104/1019.036.6417.10200
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
ODI41122*-366.66000000
FC851162511405512.52272341.8603320
List A10942202632611.9544159.6300200
T20531066721*16.758281.700070140
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