“I’m human at the end of the day” – Tabraiz Shamsi on the challenging bio-bubble in the West Indies and Ireland

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Tabraiz Shamsi solidified himself as the Proteas’ lead spinner in the white-ball format after a successful run of away campaigns. Despite its recurring success on an individual level, the left-armed Chinese isn’t immune to the brutal nature of bio-bubbles.

South Africa has been on the move since May, where their first assignment was a two-game Test series against the West Indies, followed by a grueling five-game T20 series. After dominating the tests and a hard-fought T20 series that ended 3-2 in favor of the visitors, the Proteas had to cross the ocean to face Ireland.

Shamsi claimed that while he is happy with the results on the pitch, he feels the pain of being away from home for two whole months.

“I’m one of the guys who’s probably had the tour I’d have loved to see. Yet there is that human element with things that happen at home and many of us haven’t seen our children, our spouses and families for almost two months,” said Tabraiz Shamsi.

The crafty wrist spinner also spoke on behalf of the entire contingent on tour as he spoke about the effects of the strict lockdown that had been put in place.

“Although I’m playing well technically, I’m human in the end and that goes for the rest of the guys as well as the members of management. Everyone has been away from home for a long time, so there are challenges, but we have to try to do with what lies ahead,” explains Tabraiz Shamsi.

Tabraiz Shamsi thinks he hasn’t reached his peak yet

Tabraiz Shamsi, the man of the series against the West Indies, is currently in rich form. He also extended his purple spot during the ongoing series against Ireland.

The 31-year-old took seven wickets on a miserly economy of just over 4 in the small challenging ground in Granada. He followed it up with five wickets in two ODIs against Ireland and started the T20 series with four wickets away.

Despite all the applause and game-winning performance, Shamsi doesn’t believe he’s performing at his best.

“It used to be one game now and another three months later and that’s how my career started,” said Tabraiz Shamsi.

The bowler lamented the lack of consistent playing time in the past and claims he took full advantage of the opportunities at hand.


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