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South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has vowed to inflict serious damage on the opposing teams’ batting line-ups if he is picked for next year’s World Cup in England and Wales.
Shamsi feels he can bring a lot to the table in the quadrennial event, and added that he is eager to be part of the squad since he missed out on featuring at the Champions Trophy last year.
“I feel sad that I missed out on the Champions Trophy because I’ve never been to an ICC event before,” Shamsi told ESPNcricinfo as quoted by the International Cricket Council’s website. “My ambition is to put in consistent performances and go to the World Cup and do some damage in England.
“I don’t want to just participate, I want to be somebody who makes a big difference in a big game and win it for South Africa. I firmly believe I will do something special at the World Cup, if I get picked.”
Shamsi has excelled in limited overs cricket, and was the highest wicket-taker in South Africa’s domestic one-day and Twenty20 competitions in the 2017/18 season.
“It was very pleasing for me, personally. It was nice to see that I did well in conditions that didn’t suit my style of bowling,” he said. “The World Cup is coming up in England next year and the pitches don’t really spin much there as well. Being the top wicket-taker (in the domestic competitions) has given me so much confidence.”
Shamsi added that he is working on the technical aspect of his game and adding it to his arsenal in order to make him a more lethal bowler.
“In addition to the conventional leggie, wrong’un and the slider, I work at changing my angles in the crease and changing my lines smartly,” he said. “Those are also variations. Switching pace from slower to quicker is also part of the learning.”
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old admitted that spinners are being seen as an increasingly useful commodity in South Africa, whereas in the past, the country mainly relied on their pace bowlers to get the job done.
“The spin department in the country looks much better than it has been before at any point,” he said. “(Shaun) von Berg, and (Imran) Tahir are leg-spinners. I bowl left-arm wrist spin, Keshav (Maharaj) bowls left-arm orthodox, and there’s Senuran Muthusamy with the A team, who also bowls left-arm orthodox.
“There’s a lot of variety – it’s all about utilising them well. Over the years, South Africa have always relied on fast bowlers, and maybe we didn’t have as many good spinners back then. But now I see a shift with many good spinners coming up.”