Tabraiz Shamsi: Bus driver celebration isn't disrespectful

Aussie coach Darren Lehmann said the Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner must concentrate on bowling.

Tabraiz Shamsi. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Tabraiz Shamsi has defended his much talked about "bus driver celebration."

The Proteas latest call up has created quite a stir after getting involved in a spat on Twitter with Aussie spinner Adam Zampa, who criticised his celebrations.

Even Aussie coach Darren Lehmann weighed in, saying the Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner must "concentrate on bowling", describing the celebration as "a carry on".

Shamsi says he's just having fun on the field.

"A couple of my team mates started calling me the bus driver because I could turn the ball both ways. There's so much pressure in the professional game, so much pressure to perform and constantly do well."

Shamsi followed it up by saying his celebration was not done out of disrespect for the batsmen.

"I just like to have fun on the field, there's no harm done, no sledging or aggression shown towards the batsman."

Shamsi could get his first taste of international cricket next month when he travels to the Caribbean for the Proteas Triangular Series against the West Indies and Australia.