Tabraiz Shamsi

Shamsi's CV speaks volumes for the unusual life of those who perform his art – a commodity both fascinating and suspicious


Born: February 18, 1990

Role: Left-arm leg-spinner, right-hand bat

The left-arm wrist-spinner: an art-form in short supply. There are few cricketing skill-sets treated with a greater level both of distrustful contempt and enthusiastic intrigue.

In Tabraiz Shamsi, South African cricket has unearthed a relative gem.

For so long a cricketing nomad, Shamsi’s name on any teamsheet adds an element of mystery. Aside from his raft of variations, quite simply, his is an angle and a delivery that few batsmen are used to facing.

Aged just 29, Shamsi has represented Gauteng, Highveld Lions, KwaZulu-Natal, Dolphins, Easterns and Titans in South Africa alone.

It is a CV that speaks volumes for the unusual life of those who perform his art – a commodity both fascinating and suspicious.

Shamsi’s rise towards the international game began in earnest with a spell with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots franchise in the Caribbean Premier League.

A year later, he would be called upon by the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the 2016 Indian Premier League – the ultimate financial and reputational career boost.

A handful of international appearances have followed across all three formats, but With Imran Tahir now 40 years of age, the door is slowly opening for South Africa’s next wrist-spinner.


Hashim Amla

JP Duminy

Quinton de Kock

Andile Phehlukwayo

Faf du Plessis

Dwaine Pretorius

Aiden Markram

David Miller

Chris Morris

Lungi Ngidi

Kagiso Rabada

Tabraiz Shamsi

Dale Steyn

Imran Tahir

Rassie van der Dussen



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