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Friday Dec 06 2019

South African bowler takes wicket, performs magic trick


South African wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi became an immediate social media sensation on Thursday when video emerged of him celebrating a wicket by performing a magic trick in the middle of the pitch.

The 29-year-old, playing for Paarl against Durban in a domestic T20 game, dismissed Wihan Lubbe and then reached into his trouser pocket where he pulled out a red handkerchief.

As he waved it in the air, it became a magic wand, much to the amusement of the crowd watching at Paarl's Boland Park.

"I have always been fascinated by magic," Shamsi said in a recent interview.

"From 15 or 16, I wanted to become a magician as it was a hobby of mine."

Shamsi, who has played two Tests and 17 ODIs for the Proteas, was unable to conjure up a win for his team as Durban claimed a comfortable six-wicket victory.