On Tuesday, Abdul Samad became the third cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to play in a game in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Abdul Samad joined the likes of Parvez Rasool and Rasikh Salam in that elusive list. Parvez Rasool featured for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors, and SunRisers Hyderabad while Rasikh Salam for Mumbai Indians. Meanwhile, SRH captain David Warner handed Samad his maiden cap.
It was indeed a joyful moment for Abdul Samad as David Warner gifted him the Orange cap. The 18-year old replaced keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha in the line-up as Saha could not deliver an impactful performance for his side. It is understood that in November 2019, a month before IPL 2020 auction, VVS Laxman approached Jammu & Kashmir coach to enquire about a talent, who can play the finisher’s role for SRH.
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— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 29, 2020
Samad, who turns 19 in a month, debuted in first-class, List A, and T20 for Jammu & Kashmir in 2019. In 11 T20 games, he has 240 runs at a healthy strike rate of 136.36. Samad’s leg-spin could also prove handy on the UAE pitches. SunRisers Hyderabad is indeed in dire need of a capable finisher that they have lacked so far. The 2016 champions have not opened their account yet in the current IPL season, having sustained two defeats in as many games.
Abdul Samad makes a promising start:
Meanwhile, Abdul Samad batted for the SunRisers at number five in the ongoing game against Delhi Capitals. The right-handed batsman took a single off the first ball he faced and collected a four and six in the third and fourth delivery respectively.
From seven deliveries, he finished with twelve runs as they managed 162 in 20 overs after Shreyas Iyer sent Hyderabad to bat. At the time of writing this, Delhi had lost Prithvi Shaw early in the innings; however, Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan were counterattacking.