Shamsi Reflects on Team’s Grit and Semifinal Ambitions After Player of the Match Win

The match between South Africa and West Indies was going to be a crucial one as the semifinal qualification scenario of both teams were depending on it but it turned out to be dramatic also. The Sir Vivian Richard Stadium witnessed a dramatic encounter between these two teams. From dazzling to rain interruptions in the middle to an exceptional finish, the match covered it in every way. In that dramatic game, South African bowler Tabriaz Shamsi shined bright. With his amazing spell, he helped South Africa to secure South Africa their place in the semifinal. After receiving the award, he opened up about the performance, the team’s winning celebration, and semifinal goals. 

On the Exciting Win:

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This edition of the T20 World Cup is witnessing South Africa’s supremacy. Since the beginning, the team remained unbeaten and now secured the semifinal spot. In the 10th match of the Super Eight stage, South Africa’s batting innings was interrupted by the rain. The overs cut down to 17 and the target was 123. As they were chasing it, they lost few wickets frequently. But the end of the match was dramatic as a few runs left for the last over. In the first ball of the last over, Marco Jansen hit a six and South Africa secured their place in the semifinal. 

After the match, Tabraiz Shamsi shared excitement while talking about the winning moment. He said,  “I’m sweating. I wasn’t even out there. Quite nervy at the end. That’s been the theme of our tournament – we finding a way to win as a team, no matter what the situation is. The people out there, our supporters would probably like bigger wins. But things like this keeps us in check. ”

On their Performance:

South Africa is unbeaten in the tournament till now. After 7 games in the group stage and the Super Eight stage, they are yet to experience defeat. Throughout the season, they performed exceptionally well. They carried their exceptional form in this game too. Along with the other bowlers, Shamsi performed exceptionally well. They played a team game and secured the spot. 

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While talking about this, he said, “When the pressure hits, the team has been able to overcome those moments. Last time I played here I went for 50 runs. There was lots of chatter. I just had to back my plans and got the backing from the coaching staff to come back at the ground where I hadn’t done well. The guys who bowled before me set it up beautifully.  

Later he added, “From the first game we’ve won it as a team. It’s not about individuals. We’ve got so many match-winners in the squad. Little bits of contributions here and there are taking us over the line. As a team, that’s the best place to be in.”

On Rain Interruption:

The match was interesting from the beginning but the rain interruption added the extra drama to it. In the second innings when South Africa was 15-2, rain interrupted the game and it forced to be stopped a while. But that changed a lot of equation. Spinners were seen struggling and balls were touching the bat nicely. Along with it, some brilliance by the South African batters sealed the game. 

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South Africa’s equation with the rain is something else. While talking about it, Shamsi said, “It’s always a one-sided love affair – World Cups, South Africa and the rain. The boys were calm in the sheds. We knew what we had to do.”

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The match between South Africa and West Indies was going to be a crucial one as the semifinal qualification scenario of both teams were depending on it but it turned out to be dramatic also. The Sir Vivian Richard Stadium witnessed a dramatic encounter between these two teams. From dazzling to rain interruptions in the middle to an exceptional finish, the match covered it in every way. In that dramatic game, South African bowler Tabriaz Shamsi shined bright. With his amazing spell, he helped South Africa to secure South Africa their place in the semifinal. After receiving the award, he opened up about the performance, the team’s winning celebration, and semifinal goals. 

On the Exciting Win:

This edition of the T20 World Cup is witnessing South Africa’s supremacy. Since the beginning, the team remained unbeaten and now secured the semifinal spot. In the 10th match of the Super Eight stage, South Africa’s batting innings was interrupted by the rain. The overs cut down to 17 and the target was 123. As they were chasing it, they lost few wickets frequently. But the end of the match was dramatic as a few runs left for the last over. In the first ball of the last over, Marco Jansen hit a six and South Africa secured their place in the semifinal. 

After the match, Tabraiz Shamsi shared excitement while talking about the winning moment. He said,  “I'm sweating. I wasn't even out there. Quite nervy at the end. That's been the theme of our tournament - we finding a way to win as a team, no matter what the situation is. The people out there, our supporters would probably like bigger wins. But things like this keeps us in check. ”

On their Performance:

South Africa is unbeaten in the tournament till now. After 7 games in the group stage and the Super Eight stage, they are yet to experience defeat. Throughout the season, they performed exceptionally well. They carried their exceptional form in this game too. Along with the other bowlers, Shamsi performed exceptionally well. They played a team game and secured the spot. 

While talking about this, he said, “When the pressure hits, the team has been able to overcome those moments. Last time I played here I went for 50 runs. There was lots of chatter. I just had to back my plans and got the backing from the coaching staff to come back at the ground where I hadn't done well. The guys who bowled before me set it up beautifully.  

Later he added, “From the first game we've won it as a team. It's not about individuals. We've got so many match-winners in the squad. Little bits of contributions here and there are taking us over the line. As a team, that's the best place to be in.”

On Rain Interruption:

The match was interesting from the beginning but the rain interruption added the extra drama to it. In the second innings when South Africa was 15-2, rain interrupted the game and it forced to be stopped a while. But that changed a lot of equation. Spinners were seen struggling and balls were touching the bat nicely. Along with it, some brilliance by the South African batters sealed the game. 

South Africa’s equation with the rain is something else. While talking about it, Shamsi said, “It's always a one-sided love affair - World Cups, South Africa and the rain. The boys were calm in the sheds. We knew what we had to do.”

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