Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates getting Brendon McCullum of Gujarat Lions- wicket with KL Rahul of Royal Challengers Bangalore during match 19 of the Vivo IPL 2016 (Indian Premier League) between the Gujarat Lions and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, India on the 24th April 2016 Photo by Shaun Roy / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

‘AB de Villiers Is A World-class Player,’, Says Tabraiz Shamsi

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South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has referred his former teammate AB de Villiers as a world class player.

The veteran spinner has however denied the fact that the perception that foreign players participate in T20 leagues and county cricket because of money isn’t right. He believes, gaining experience from tournaments is what matters more than money.

Notably, Tabraiz Shamsi is currently the number one bowler in the ICC T20I Rankings and he has played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL as well. Apart from that, he has also been part of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League and also earned contracts from multiple county clubs in England as well. While speaking to Pak Passion on Monday (May 3), Tabraiz Shamsi shared his opinion on T20 leagues and county cricket.

“I find that it has helped my game quite a lot playing in the CPL, IPL and English County Cricket. People see it as a money thing and say that the players are participating in these tournaments 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 in your circle,” said Tabraiz Shamsi.

“A player like that is hard to ignore” – Tabraiz Shamsi on AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

Notably, Shamsi had played in the 2016 edition of the cash-rich league when RCB acquired him as a replacement for Samuel Badree. It is also noteworthy that, the Bangalore-based franchise has reached the IPL final that year where Shamsi had played four matches, claiming three wickets at an economy rate of 9.19.

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Tabraiz Shamsi also shared the dressing room with AB de Villiers at Royal Challengers Bangalore during his stint in the IPL 2016. However, the former South Africa captain has quit all formats of international cricket, but he is on the verge of returning as well.

Tabraiz Shamsi replied: “AB is a world-class player and he walks into any team and that’s how good he is, it doesn’t matter whether it’s England or Australia or South Africa. I don’t know what AB’s situation is, it all depends on how he feels and how the coach feels and the selectors too. But, let’s be honest, a player like that is hard to ignore.”

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