Van der Dussen reveals reason behind Tabraiz Shamsi's shoe celebration after dismissing Shikhar Dhawan
South Africa ended the three-match T20I series against India on a winning note with an emphatic 9-wicket victory in the third and final T20I at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. The visitors rode on captain Quinton de Kock's brilliant half-century to comfortably chase down the target of 135 runs with 19 balls to spare. While De Kock was the star with the bat, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi managed to grab the attention of the fans with his unique 'shoe' celebration.
Indian captain Virat Kohli had won the toss in Bengaluru and opted to bat first. However, the decision backfired for the Men in Blue who suffered a middle-order collapse after a good start by Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 36 off 25 balls. Dhawan was dismissed by Shamsi in the game and the spinner was seen celebrating by taking off his shoe and pretending to make a phone call with it.
The celebration did leave fans confused but South Africa batsman Rassie van der Dussen was asked about it in the post-match press conference. Van der Dussen revealed the reason behind Shamsi's shoe celebration and said it was a tribute from the spinner to former South African spinner Imran Tahir, who retired from ODIs earlier this year.
“Yeah Shamsi always phones to Immy (Imran Tahir). Immy is obviously one of his heroes, and they work together a lot. So it was a nice moment for Shamsi to take a big wicket of Dhawan like Immy for us,” van der Dussen said.
Shamsi finished with figures of 1/23 in his four overs as South African bowlers produced a magnificent effort to restrict India on a moderate total. Pacer Beuran Hendricks and Kagiso Rabad were destructors in chief for South Africa picking up five wickets between them to run through the Indian batting line-up.
The visitors later chased down the target without breaking a sweat with De Kock scoring an unbeaten 79 off 52 balls. He posted a 76-run stand for the first wicket with opener Reeza Hendricks (28) for the first wicket before adding another unbeaten 64 runs for the second wicket with Temba Bavuma (27).