“In my books it all counts for…”: Tabraiz Shamsi’s emotional post after T20 World Cup final defeat against India

South Africa’s journey in the T20 World Cup 2024 was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. After shaking off their long-held “chokers” tag with a dominant run to the final, they fell short at the last hurdle, losing to India by a narrow margin of seven runs.

South Africa’s dominant streak crushed by Indian bowling prowess

The Proteas entered the final undefeated, having emerged victorious from several tense encounters. Their confidence was high, and with 30 runs required from the last five overs, a historic win seemed within reach. However, the Indian bowling attack, spearheaded by the ever-reliable Jasprit Bumrah, staged a remarkable comeback. The crucial wickets of Heinrich Klaasen and Marco Jansen swung the momentum decisively in India’s favour.

David Miller’s dismissal: The turning point

With David Miller at the crease and 16 runs needed off the final over, a glimmer of hope remained for South Africa. However, Suryakumar Yadav’s spectacular diving catch at the boundary line ended Miller’s innings and effectively dashed South Africa’s title aspirations. This defeat marked the closest the Proteas have ever come to claiming an ICC trophy, having previously suffered seven heartbreaking semifinal exits in global tournaments.

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Sharing the pain: Tabraiz Shamsi’s emotional outpouring

South African wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took to social media to express his emotions following the dramatic loss. His poignant message, accompanied by photos with his family, resonated with fans.

“Whether u play badly and lose or play very well and lose, in my books it all counts for nothing because a well played Silver will never be the same as Gold,”  he wrote.

Despite the valiant effort, Shamsi acknowledged the bitter sting of defeat, stating, “We gave our all as a team and fought with everything we had! Thank you for always being there to lift me up when times are rough Khadija Shariff.”

Khadija Shariff consoles Tabraiz Shamsi
Khadija Shariff consoles Tabraiz Shamsi | Instagram

Shamsi’s words encapsulate the immense disappointment felt by the entire South African team and their fans. While they fell short of ultimate glory, their fighting spirit and resilience throughout the tournament deserve recognition. The Proteas will undoubtedly learn from this experience and return stronger in future endeavors.

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