In the case of Tabraiz Shamsi, however, the Mulitply Titans star was going back to familiar haunts. As a former Royal Challengers Bangalore signing, he has experienced the din of India on full blast, and got a chance to play in the conditions in front of thousands.
“Going to India is always great,” express Shamsi of his recent trip.
“We worked hard as a group, and I took a lot out of it. One of the things that I will now work on a bit more is how wide I bowl the delivery, as it turns a lot more in India.”
“The ball turns a lot more over there, and so you have to give it a chance to get the batsman out. In South Africa, where the ball tends to skid on, I have tended to bowl a bit straighter. You obviously can’t reinvent the wheel in one week, but those changes of angle are definitely something that I will work on.”
The conditions in India are especially useful as South Africa are touring Sri Lanka in July, and Shamsi would love to be in the Test reckoning – especially on pitches that will encourage his style of bowling.
“It would be great to get another chance at Test cricket. My debut was in Australia, with the pink ball, and that was a great challenge. We know that Australia is not the easiest place for spinners, and even guys like Ravi Ashwin have gone there and struggled. I enjoyed my taste of Test cricket, but I would love to play some more, with a red ball!”
Shamsi has carved out a reputation in white-ball cricket, but he feels that his left-arm wrist-spin is transferrable across formats.
“For me, I don’t really mind which format it is. You still have a ball in your hand, and you are trying to get the batsman out. Obviously economy comes into it at Test cricket, but I feel like I have proved that I can do that kind of job in four-day cricket,” he pointed out.
Shamsi’s wicket-taking ability is in no doubt, and he has done terrific work for the Titans in the 2017/18 campaign, finishing the leading-wicket taker in both T20 and 50-over competitions. Looking to the next level, he revealed that he had also worked on other aspects of his game.
“After the camp, Keshav Maharaj and I stayed on for a few extra days, and went to Bangalore to work on our batting. We were very fortunate to be hosted by Prasanna Agoram, the video analyst for the Proteas. He opened up his house for us, and set up a few days of great training, and I am very grateful for that,” added Shamsi.
“I realise that I need to work hard on my batting, and even runs at the bottom of the order can be the difference sometimes. It is all part of trying to give myself the best chance to succeed.”