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The South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is all set to make a comeback in the Indian Premier League. The Rajasthan Royals signed him for the second phase of IPL 2021, which will kickstart on September 19 in the UAE. He will replace the Australian pacer Andrew Tye in the squad.
Tabraiz Shamsi expressed his excitement to return to the Indian Premier League and play in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the first time. He has previously represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament but played only four matches. This time, he hopes to get regular opportunities.
“I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’m not excited about (the IPL). I am very excited. Especially because I’ve never played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The IPL is a different thing. I have played in the past but I was a lot younger and I didn’t get a lot of game time regularly. When you get regular game time, you can showcase what you can do,” Tabraiz Shamsi said as quoted by the Espncricinfo.
Tabraiz Shamsi is currently the No.1 T20I bowler
Tabraiz Shamsi has taken 45 wickets in T20Is at an average of 22.04, with 4/25 being his best. With the T20 World Cup around the corner, the left-arm leg spinner is keen to gain some experience and knowledge of playing in the UAE with the Rajasthan Royals. Shamsi said,
“And from a Proteas’ perspective, I’m really happy I got picked up in the IPL because I’ve never been there and played there. It will be nice if I can play on those pitches and get some inside information and gain some experience; just to be able to pick up some knowledge and information that might help us in the World Cup.”
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