Thandi Tshabalala

Country: South Africa
Born: November 19, 1984, Welkom, Free State
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Thandi Tshabalala Bio

Mthandeki Samson Tshabalala, popularly known as “Thandi” Tshabalala, is a cricketer from South Africa who has shown tremendous potential as an off-spinner. Though opinions differ on when he will be fully ready for international cricket, there is little doubt that Tshabalala possesses the skills required to perform at the highest level.

Born and raised in Welkom, a mining town situated 150km north of Bloemfontein, Tshabalala initially made a mark as a top-order batsman while representing Free State Schools in 2001. However, his batting prowess failed to translate into success at the senior level. It was his finger-spin bowling that caught the attention of selectors and offered promise for the future.

Tshabalala’s breakthrough came in the limited-overs format, particularly Twenty20 cricket, where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker during the first two seasons of competition. Despite his diminutive stature, Tshabalala possesses the ability to extract turn from the pitch and consistently trouble batsmen with his variations. However, he remains a work in progress, constantly learning and improving his craft.

Although Tshabalala received his first national call-up in February 2006 for the Twenty20 international against Australia, he did not make his debut on that occasion. His chance finally came during the tour of Sri Lanka in July, and he made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Ireland in Stormont in June 2007.

Unfortunately for Tshabalala, his chances at the international level have been limited due to the presence of established spinners in the South African team. With Paul Harris dominating the spinners’ role in Test matches, and the duo of Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe proving effective in the shorter formats, Tshabalala has had to bide his time in the shadows.

However, statistics don’t tell the full story of Tshabalala’s potential and talent. As a cricketer, he strives to leave a lasting impact whenever he gets an opportunity to represent his country. The chance to learn from and compete alongside some of the best players in the world has undoubtedly helped him grow as a player and refine his skills.

Tshabalala’s journey to success is far from over. With his unwavering dedication, perseverance, and hard work, he continues to hone his craft with the hope of solidifying his place in the South African cricket team. While it remains to be seen when Tshabalala will fulfill his potential on the international stage, there is no doubt that his passion for the game and desire to succeed will drive him towards achieving great things in the future.

Thandi Tshabalala Career Stats

Thandi Tshabalala Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 4 1 1 2 2* - 3 66.66 0 0 0 0 0 0
FC 85 116 25 1140 55 12.52 2723 41.86 0 3 - - 32 0
List A 109 42 20 263 26 11.95 441 59.63 0 0 - - 20 0
T20s 53 10 6 67 21* 16.75 82 81.7 0 0 7 0 14 0

Thandi Tshabalala Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 4 4 150 151 3 1/30 1/30 50.33 6.04 50 0 0 0
FC 85 - 11151 6802 166 5/68 - 40.97 3.65 67.1 5 3 0
List A 109 - 4331 3537 89 4/24 4/24 39.74 4.9 48.6 2 0 0
T20s 53 51 979 1085 57 4/10 4/10 19.03 6.64 17.1 2 0 0

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