Tabraiz Shamsi being congratulated by other teammates after he takes a wicket © AFP
Tabraiz Shamsi being congratulated by other teammates after he takes a wicket © AFP

Of the very few Chinaman bowlers that this season of Indian Premier League (IPL) has, Tabraiz Shamsi is the newest inclusion. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowler recently revealed that he has learnt and followed Brad Hogg a lot to improve his skills. Hogg, aged 44, has performed exceptionally well playing in the first two matches, as he took 3 wickets for 19 runs in Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) first match. Shamsi, who came as replacement to Samuel Badree, has so far bagged two wickets in two matches unlike his Caribbean Premier League (CPL) performance where he was the highest wicket-taker for his side and is yet to shine. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Match 19 at Rajkot

Talking to Cricbuzz, Shamsi said, “I watch Brad Hogg a lot, as there are not many left-arm chinamans in the game right now. I try to watch him quite a bit. Me being a youngster, I learn a lot from him.” He also talked about his connection with Imran Tahir. “I am quite close to Imran Tahir and he being a leg-spinner, he helps me a lot. He speaks a lot to me about my bowling. If I can be half as these guys I can be pretty good.”

Talking about his sudden inclusion to IPL, he said, “I got many calls and couple of family members messaged me (after getting selected by RCB) saying thankfully you need not face Chris Gayle, Virat (Kohli), (AB) de Villiers and (Shane) Watson. I am in a good position at the moment and there aren’t any batsmen as good as these guys in the other teams.”