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Tabrez Shamsi South African wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is desperate to make a splash in the ODI World Cup. (file)

Cricket World Cup: ‘Grateful that I never chased my childhood dream’: Tabraiz Shamsi on his passion for fast bowling

Growing up in Johannesburg, Tabraiz Shamsi wanted to become a left-arm fast bowler for South Africa, idolising Wasim Akram and Chaminda Vaas. But now he is relieved to give up his childhood dream of becoming a spinner.

“If I was still trying to achieve my dream of becoming a fast bowler, I would never have become an international cricketer,” Shamsi told The Indian Express on the eve of South Africa’s first World Cup match against Sri Lanka. “

“There is a culture of fast bowling in South Africa. I grew up watching guys like Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, everybody. Naturally, when you see those guys dominating batsmen around the world, you want to be one of them. We don’t have many left arm fast bowlers, I wanted to become one. So, I tried to learn from Wasim Akram and Chaminda Vaas, the two leading left-arm fast bowlers of that time. I also tried to copy his bowling action.

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