IPL 2019: Muralitharan urges Shahbaz Nadeem to bank on his strength

IPL 2019: Muttiah Muralitharan Urges Shahbaz Nadeem to Bank on his Strength

Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2019, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shahbaz Nadeem
Nadeem is known for making use of his stock ball. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The Jharkhand-based slow left-arm orthodox spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has impressed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowling mentor Muttiah Muralitharan in the ongoing IPL 2019. Despite conceded some runs against Rajasthan Royals (RR), Nadeem has bagged the prized scalp of Ajinkya Rahane during his team’s five-wicket win over visitors on Friday night.

Pertinently, to talk about Nadeem’s strength he has tied up the batsmen with his cunning accuracy. In overall, SRH’s second game of the season 12, Nadeem was introduced in the playing XI which saw Deepak Hooda warming the bench.

IPL 2019: Shahbaz Nadeem happy to learn things from Muralitharan –

Shahbaz Nadeem, IPL 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Muttiah Muralitharan
Nadeem conceded 36 runs in four overs against Royals. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Meanwhile, veteran off-spinner Muralitharan has suggested the 29-year-old bowler Nadeem to stick to his basics.

“Muralitharan has asked me to stick to my stock ball (spinning away from right-handers) not to vary much from it,” Nadeem told PTI.

Nadeem, who had represented revamped Delhi Capitals (DC) in the past, has shifted his base to Hyderabad. SRH traded Shabaz with Capitals led by Shreyas Iyer.

While spending seven-long years with erstwhile Delhi-based franchise, Nadeem is keen to learn new things under the tutelage of spin maestro Muralitharan.

IPL 2019: Shahbaz Nadeem enjoys his time in SRH camp:

Shahbaz Nadeem, IPL 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Muttia Muralitharan
Nadeem is an experienced campaigner. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Besides, Nadeem reiterated that he has picked a couple of things to work on in the foreseeable future.

“Training under Murali has been great. I have picked up a couple of things under his guidance. I am implementing that in my bowling,” Nadeem added.

Interestingly, with wrist-spinners ruling the roost including Team India’s youngsters; Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, Nadeem has altogether a different thought regarding it.

According to Nadeem, it’s the consistency that plays a role of the decisive factor of introducing players in the longer run.

He added what actually matters is the dominant show on a consistent basis.

“I think it doesn’t matter much if you are a finger spinner or wrist spinner. Well, if you are consistent with your performance and are taking wickets you will eventually get a chance wherever you play. You just have to keep performing well,” Nadeem remarked.

Nadeem, who had great success in the domestic fold, further delivered goods in patches during the most successful T20 league. In 62 IPL matches, he has claimed 41 wickets since 2011.

Tahir Ibn Manzoor, who tweets @TahirIbnManzoor (https://twitter.com/TahirIbnManzoor) - works as an editor for Sportzwiki. He has a great affection for longform feature writing. He completed his masters in Convergent Journalism from the Central University of Kashmir, with a specialisation in narrative journalism. He has taken to sports journalism full-time and have worked for a number of reputed organisations across the globe. He followed cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11.

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