In cricket, bowler celebrations when they take a wicket are a sight worth seeing. Some aggressively gesture, some jump with joy, others prefer giving a batsman a bad mouthed send-off while there are some people who go the next level in celebrations. Tabraiz Shamsi, the South Africa chinaman who is playing for Paarl Rocks in the Mzansi T20 League, literally had a moment of magic during the match against Durban Heat as he took a big wicket. Paarl Rocks were boosted by a brilliant knock of 84 off 49 balls from Cameron Delport and the knock included 10 fours and three sixes. Faf du Plessis gave him brilliant support with 66 off 36 balls which included three fours and four sixes as they reached 195/2.
In response, Durban Heat were kept in the game by a brilliant knock from Alex Hales but Shamsi conjured up some magic. The chinaman bowler bowled a flighted delivery to Wihan Lubbe and the batsman top-edged the lofted shot to be caught at cover by Hardus Viljoen. As soon as the catch was taken, Shamsi pulled out an orange handkerchief and magically it transformed into a white stick. This was the classic magician's trick which has been seen in many magic shows all over the country. Shamsi later struck with the wicket of David Miller for 40 but Hales' brilliant 97 helped Durban Heat beat Paarl Rocks by six wickets.
Was so nice to see this cute little @Paarl_Rocks supporter at the wanderers this week...— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) December 5, 2019
This is what the celebrations are all about.. creating some fun memories for the young ones and making the game enjoyable for everyone watching âœŒ#ShoePhone #Celebration #FunTimes @MSL_T20 pic.twitter.com/dRE4bIIne4
With the result, Paarl Rocks was tied with Nelson Mandela Bay Giants with 23 points but are in second position due to a slightly low net run-rate. The knock-out format of the Mzansi T20 League are different with the first-ranked team directly qualifying for the finals after the end of the league stages. The second and third placed teams play an eliminator and the winner will qualify for the final.
This is not the first time Shamsi's celebration has caught the eyes of the cricketing world. In the 2016 Indian Premier League, Shamsi dismissed David Warner and following the wicket, he ran to cover and started dancing with Virat Kohli during the clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Warner condemned the action and said it was 'unacceptable'. Shamsi has played 17 ODIs, 16 Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests.