Watch: Tabraiz Shamsi makes the most entertaining LBW appeal

Watch: Tabraiz Shamsi makes the most entertaining LBW appeal

Tabraiz Shamsi
South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Bowlers are always looking for wickets and that’s natural for them. Sometimes, they get over enthusiastic and appeal a bit longer than usual with an aggressive tone. But it’s very rare that we see a bowler, especially a spinner, run backwards in anticipation till the batting crease while trying to still convince the umpire.

This will appear to be very strange. But that’s what happened during the 12th match of Quadrangular-A Team One-Day Series between National Performance Squad (NPS) and South Africa A.

Tabraiz Shamsi, famous for his bus driver celebration, looked in utter desperation to get the wicket. Shamsi, bowling the first delivery of the 37th over, it hit NPS’ skipper Matt Short on the pads and the bowler was convinced that he’d trapped his man.

He went up for a huge and spirited appeal that went on for a length of time. He went running backwards and backwards and ultimately ended on his knees and then his back just meters away from the batsman.

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The Umpire’s reaction to the appeal was a simple shake of the head and a call of ‘over. The chinaman bowler wasn’t done yet. After getting back onto his feet, he walked towards the leg-side has a small chat with the umpire again.

While the fans were left amused by his antic, his overly passionate appeal attracted him some disciplinary action. He was found to have breached the ICC’s Code of Conduct and was charged with a Level 1 breach of Article 2.1.5 of the ICC’s code – which is for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match.

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