South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who made his name after featuring in T20 leagues across the world, has opened up on the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 14th season of IPL had to be postponed indefinitely after COVID-19 entered the bio bubble and players from various teams were infected.
The 31-year-old stated that he was fortunate to get a chance to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and added that only after he did well in the CPL and subsequently in the IPL, did he manage to start playing for the South African national team. He was a part of the RCB squad in 2016.
“Yes definitely. I’ve been fortunate enough to play in the Caribbean Premier League and it was after I went to the CPL and did well that domestic teams in South Africa started to take me seriously and giving me regular game time and then I got picked for the national team after playing CPL and IPL,” he told Cricket Pakistan.
“I find that it has helped my game quite a lot playing in the CPL, IPL, and County Cricket. People see it as a money thing and say that the players are participating in these leagues for greed.
“Personally speaking, of course, you do earn a bit of money but what is most important are the things that you learn from the people who are not really around your circle,” Tabraiz Shamsi added.
Shamsi further stated that a player gets to interact with players from different countries and understand the way they think about the game and the way they train as well. He added that these small things have helped in his growth as a bowler.
“So, you are hearing different chats from West Indian players or Indian players and you are learning about the different ways people think about the game and train. You pick up the small things like that and I think that sort of exposure has really accelerated my growth as a spin-bowler,” he stated.