If the Titans repeat their One-Day Cup success of last year, much of it will be due to Tabraiz Shamsi. He is a Turbo Bowler.
His left-arm chinaman spin reached new heights in the Momentum One-Day Cup match against the Lions at Benoni, when he took a career-best 5-40, breaking a desperate stand by Stephen Cook and Rassie van der Dussen, which had yielded 100 runs. He went on to destroy the tail, which raised him to 22 wickets from seven matches in the series.
Shamsi was the hot shot in the Ram Slam T20 series too, which the Titans defended with a series of comprehensive victories. The wily spinner took 16 wickets in 10 innings, with a best of 4-32 and an average of 15.31.
He has played just five ODIs and two T20s for the national side as Imran Tahir has embedded himself in the team. And it is fair to say Shamsi did not exactly set the world on fire, taking only seven wickets in five ODI matches. But these figures will surely alert the selectors that he is not yet done.
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