New Delhi. Now only days are left for the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021 2nd Phase) to start. But there is a big challenge in front of Rajasthan Royals (RR). Because many veteran players of the team will not be seen in the second half. These include Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Jofra Archer and Andrew Tye. In such a situation, the road ahead for Rajasthan will not be easy. However, the good thing for the team is that it has got T20 No. 1 bowler Tabraiz Shamsi as a replacement for Australia’s Andrew Tye. He is in tremendous form at the moment and in the absence of Stokes-Archer can revive the bowling of Rajasthan looking weak.
Left-arm spinner Shamsi is currently with the South Africa team on the tour of Sri Lanka and is bowling brilliantly there. Thanks to his bowling, South Africa has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Shamsi has taken 4 wickets in the first 2 matches of the T20 series against Sri Lanka. During this, while bowling 6 overs, he gave only 40 runs at an economy rate of 6.66, which would be considered good in terms of T20.
His strike rate in this series has also been amazing. He is taking a wicket every 9th ball. Seeing this performance, Rajasthan played a bet on this spinner and joined the team in the second half of the IPL.
Shamsi took most wickets in T20 this year
Shamsi is the highest wicket-taker in international T20 in 2021. He has taken 28 wickets in 16 T20s so far. During this, he gave 333 runs in 61 overs at an economy rate of 5.45. He has taken 4 wickets twice this year and his strike rate is also amazing. He is taking a wicket every 13th ball. Due to this performance, he is at the first place in the T20 ranking of bowlers. He has 792 points in his account.
Shamsi made his international debut 4 years ago
31-year-old Shamsi plays for the Titans team in South Africa’s domestic cricket. He made his international debut in 2017 with the T20I series against England. The left-arm leg-spinner has since taken 45 wickets in 39 T20Is. At the same time, in this period, he has taken 32 wickets in 27 ODIs.
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In IPL, Shamsi has played 4 matches, in which he has taken 3 wickets. He was added to the team in 2016 by RCB as a replacement player. Since then he has not been joined by any team. But in the last few years, his performance in T20 has been excellent. In such a situation, he can prove to be a trump card for Rajasthan in the second half of IPL 2021. Because as the IPL progresses, the UAE pitch may remain slow and slow. In such a situation, this wrist spinner can wreak havoc on the batsmen.
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