Paarl Rocks Tabraiz Shamsi is eager to continue entertaining fans when the Paarl Rocks play the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the Mzansi Super League at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
Shamsi’s celebration of wickets have become synonymous with ‘magic wand’ and ‘telephone’ theatrics, which have been met with criticism by some and appreciation from others.
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‘People come out to watch us play and sometimes we, the players, become too serious,’ said Shamsi.
‘We are going to make mistakes out on the field, because everybody makes mistakes. The celebrations and tricks do not distract me from doing my job. I am not the first bowler to get hit out of the park.
‘Entertaining on the field is just my way of taking pressure off myself and being able to enjoy things. I feel like when I am myself, I am able to play my best cricket.’
The Giants currently occupy first position in the MSL’s six-team standings, while the Rocks are second. The Jozi Stars, meanwhile, have slipped to six successive defeats. The Stars are the reigning champions, having beaten the Cape Town Blitz in last year’s inaugural final.