Tabraiz Shamsi celebration: Watch South African Leg Spinner performs magic trick after taking a wicket during the Mzansi Super League.
One of the purest moments in cricket is watching a bowler celebrate after taking a wicket. The pure unadulterated emotion after dismissing a batsman has become part of many cricketing folklore such as Venkateshwar Prasad directing Aamir Sohail to the Pavilion after dismissing him immediately after conceding a boundary during the 1996 World Cup.
South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, has however, taken the wicket taking celebrations to a whole other level. The leggie is already known for some over the top celebrations. None however, compare to his latest as he pulled off a magic trick to celebrate the dismissal of Wihab Lubbe.
Tabraiz Shamsi celebration: Watch South African Leg Spinner performs magic trick after taking a wicket
Shamsi bowled a quick leg spin outside of off-stump. Wihab Lubbe danced down the pitch and stuck the ball but could not connect as well as he would have liked and instead handed a simple catch to Hardus Viljoen. Tabraiz, then celebrated the wicket by taking out a handkerchief before surprising everyone by turning it into a magic wand.
The celebration has since gone viral with many hailing this as the greatest celebration they have ever seen on a cricketing field.
tabraiz shamsi: part time cricketer – full time magician? 💫pic.twitter.com/xXuiejvzSE
— N (@yourstruly49_) December 5, 2019
— Mzansi Super League 🔥 🇿🇦 🏏 (@MSL_T20) December 4, 2019
The incident took place during the Mzansi Super League match between Pearl Rocks and Durban heat. Despite the eye-catching celebration, that was the last time he ran around with joy as Durban Heat chased down the target of 197 with 7 balls to spare.
When asked about his celebration, Shamsi said:
“I have always been fascinated by magic and different tricks. From the age of about 15 or 16, I wanted to become a magician as it was a hobby of mine. Entertaining on the field is just my way of taking the pressure off myself and being able to enjoy things. I feel like when I am myself, I am able to play my best cricket.”
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