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Twitterverse finds humor in Tabraiz Shamsi’s animated appeals

Tabraiz Shamsi finished with figures of 1/37 in the match.

Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa
Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The first T20I between India and South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg is proving out to be a very good contest between the two sides. The day might be a very ordinary one for most cricketers, but it turned out to a very special one for one South African cricketer. Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is sure to remember this particular game for a very long time for sure.

Shamsi, the birthday boy, got the big wicket of the Indian captain Virat Kohli in the match. Virat Kohli needs no introduction when it comes to showing supremacy on the field. The fiery Indian skipper walked in to bat after the dismissal of Suresh Raina in the game. Kohli looked good enough during his stay at the crease, and given the kind of form he has been in, one would have assumed that he was there to dictate the terms.

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Then arrived the chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi to bowl in the game. On the very first delivery of his spell, Shamsi managed to make the Indian skipper play a false shot. Kohli ended up chipping one straight down the ground and the fielder seemed to have been placed perfectly for that kind of a shot. Much to the disappointment of the bowler and the hosts, Virat Kohli survived after Farhaan Behardien dropped a sitter.

A delivery later, Virat Kohli hit a four and then a six down the ground to make things worse for the Proteas. Shamsi would have certainly considered himself unlucky after seeing those two shots. But the talented bowler managed to trouble the in-form Indian captain yet again. On the third delivery of his next over, Shamsi brought the delivery back in to Kohli and the batsman was found stuck on his back foot.

The ball did just enough to trap Kohli lbw. The moment the ball hit Kohli’s pads, Shamsi was convinced that it was out. He ran up to the keeper in his appeal before the umpire ruled it out. And then, he took off just the same way as Imran Tahir does. Tahir, the veteran South African leggie, is renowned for his marathon runs after taking up a wicket. A similar scene was on display when Tabraiz Shamsi managed to hit the pads of Manish Pandey as well.

He started off with his celebratory run yet again, albeit it was ruled as not out. Harsha Bhogle, in the commentary, rightly remarked, “The problem with Shamsi is that he was an umpire in previous incarnation.” The fans also found a lot of humor in the entire scene and had some hilarious tweets coming in for the birthday boy.

Here are some of the funniest tweets:

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