Tabraiz Shamsi finally joined the Rajasthan Royals squad on Thursday, and he was welcomed by an unexpected guest – Rohit Sharma. A picture tweeted by Rajasthan Royals squad shows Rohit Sharma donning the Royal’s jersey welcoming Shamsi.
World No.1 T20 spinner Shamsi was roped in as a replacement for Andrew Tye for IPL’s second phase in UAE. Earlier, Shamsi had entered IPL 2021 auction with a base price of Rs 50 lakh. The IPL resumes here on Sunday after being suspended in May due to COVID cases in its bio-bubble.
Shamsi, who has 40 wickets in 30 ODIs and 49 in 42 T20Is to his name for South Africa, has never been much in demand in IPL auctions. He admitted it did affect him earlier.
Shamsi is of the view that what happens in the second phase of the IPL will be important and it will not matter much at the start of the second phase of the tournament that whether the team is at the first spot or the fifth, the position at the halfway mark doesn’t really count.
Royals will take on Punjab Kings on 21 September for their first game in IPL.