Afghanistan vs South Africa: Why is Tabraiz Shamsi not playing today’s ODI World Cup Match?

Published on: Nov 10, 2023 2:34 pm IST|Updated on: Nov 10, 2023 2:36 pm IST

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South Africa has opted to rest spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for their final league-stage encounter against Afghanistan in the ongoing 2023 World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The decision to give Shamsi a break was confirmed by Proteas captain Temba Bavuma during the toss, with speedster Gerald Coetzee taking his place in the playing XI.

The move follows Shamsi’s performance in the last game against India, where he finished with figures of 1/72 in a match that saw South Africa succumb to a hefty 243-run defeat. Despite this, Shamsi has been a key contributor with the ball in the tournament, claiming seven wickets in just three matches at an impressive economy rate of 6.10. Notably, he produced a four-wicket haul against Pakistan, showcasing his match-winning potential.

Speaking about the changes at the toss, Bavuma stated, “Tabraiz Shamsi and Marco Jansen have been rested today, and Andile Phehlukwayo and Gerald Coetzee come into the side. I feel that it might skid on later. It might be a little slow to start with, and there also might be a bit of dew in the evening.”

With Marco Jansen also rested for this match, the Proteas have brought in all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo to bolster the side. Coetzee, known for his ability to pick up wickets, replaces Shamsi and is expected to add a different dimension to the bowling attack.

Gerald Coetzee, a 23-year-old speedster, has demonstrated his wicket-taking prowess, accumulating 14 wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 6.85. His inclusion in the playing XI adds depth and variety to the South African bowling lineup.

The decision to rest Shamsi reflects South Africa’s strategic approach as they have already secured a spot in the semifinals. The management aims to ensure that key players are fresh and ready for the knockout stage of the tournament. As the Proteas take on Afghanistan, cricket enthusiasts will be watching closely to see how the team adapts to these changes and builds momentum heading into the crucial semifinals of the 2023 World Cup.

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