However, even before the law came into effect, Indian off-spinner Deepti Sharma‘s run-out off England batter Charlie Dean in the women’s ODI at Lord’s last Saturday created quite an uproar. The dismissal has polarized opinion across the cricketing world.
Throwing his weight firmly behind ICC’s new rule is South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. “For me, if bowlers have to keep their foot behind the line (while bowling), batsmen should do the same as well. No controversy about that. The rules are there,” said the 32-year-old before he hit the nets here, where South Africa will be facing India in the first T20 of the three-match series on Wednesday.
The left-arm wrist spinner recently went past Dale Steyn‘s record of most number of wickets for a South African in T20Is and now has 69 scalps to his name from 56 matches. He was in fact, the world’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is last year along with Sri Lankan Wanindu Hasaranga. But India hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Johannesburg-born lad as he has claimed just three wickets from the six matches he has played here.
However, he’s not too perturbed. “It is always a good challenge when we play against India. It was just a few balls that were not executed properly (during South Africa’s last tour of India). From that point of view I am not too worried. Couple of sixes here and there make no different, especially in T20 cricket,” he said.
Though the conditions would be quite different in the World T20 starting in Australia starting in three weeks’ time, Shamsi is keen to take the learning from this tour and try to execute it when the two sides meet in Perth on October 30.
“The pitches will be different in Australia and India and also the size of the grounds. We have a great opportunity to bowl at the Indian batsmen here and pick up one or two things that can be used at the World Cup,” Shamsi said.