You have seen plenty of crazy celebrations on the cricket field from the players but South African wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi did something unthinkable on Thursday with his celebration. While playing for Paarl against Durban in Mzansi Super League 2019 match on Wednesday, he performed a magic trick after taking a wicket.
The 29-year-old, Tabraiz Shamsi dismissed Wihan Lubbe and reached into his trouser pocket. Following that, he pulled out a red handkerchief and started showing his magic tricks. His tricks became a social media sensation in no time and that left everyone surprised as well.
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However, this is not the first time that Shamsi has performed the trick, he has done it in an earlier game too. After that, he also revealed his liking for magic.
“I have always been fascinated by magic and different tricks,” Shamsi had said. “From the age of about 15 or 16, I wanted to become a magician as it was a hobby of mine. It wasn’t just a phase, but something that really interested me as a small child. I still love it, but cricket obviously took over after that.”
“People come out to watch us play and sometimes we (the players) become too serious. 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 and it is not my magic tricks that make me get hit,” he added.
“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,” Tabraiz Shamsi concluded.
Having made his debut in 2016, he has played 35 International games so far across the format for South Africa. He will be a key player for his side in future.