Jammu & Kashmir all-rounder Abdul Samad made his IPL debut for the Sunrisers Hyderabad against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. The 18-year-old became the third cricketer from the state to have played at least one match in the Indian Premier League.
Abdul Samad on hitting Anrich Nortje for a six:
Samad, who was given a nod ahead of Mohammad Nabi, stated that hitting Anrich Nortje for a six has given him a whole lot of confidence to perform well in the IPL.
“Yeah, I felt really good playing my first match in the IPL. I also hit a big six off the bowling of Anrich Nortje, it gave me confidence that I will be able to do good in the coming games. People back home have a lot of expectations from me, I hope to do well,” Samad told Rashid Khan in a video posted on iplt20.com.
He went on to add that the team management showed immense faith in him and asked him to play freely before coming out to bat.
“Before coming out to bat, the team management had told me to express myself and to play the way I normally do. I started hitting from the first ball, I missed one-two balls, but the six I was able to hit, I got a lot of confidence from that.”
Rashid Khan wins the match for SRH with the ball
Rashid Khan put up a splendid show with the ball in hand, picking up three wickets for just 14 runs in his four overs. His brilliant act helped SRH defend a total of 162 and gave the team its first win of the season. Speaking about the match Rashid said,
“Initially, when I bowled my first ball and I was able to get turn, so I realised the ball is turning and I also summarised that the ball is turning more when I am bowling it quicker.”
“I tried bowling in just the right areas and was looking to bowl dot balls to create pressure on the Delhi batsmen.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad will next take on Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.