The 18-year-old SRH debutant Abdul Samad stated that hitting Anrich Nortje for a six has given him immense confidence to perform well in the IPL. Samad hails from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), and also represents them in the Ranji Trophy. In the 2019 Ranji season, he struck the highest number of sixes (36) in the tournament, and in all, he hit 592 runs in 17 innings.
DC won the toss and chose to field first, SRH went to set a target of 162/4 with important contributions from Jonny Bairstow (53), David Warner (45) and Kane Williamson (41). Samad came at the number five spot and stayed unbeaten scoring 12 runs off 7 balls including one four and one six. The Delhi franchise could only score 147 runs off the 20 overs and SRH won the match by 15 runs.
People back home have a lot of expectations from me, I hope to do well Abdul Samad
Samad told he felt really good making his debut in the IPL, and the six against Anrich Nortje gave him confidence that he will be able to do good in the upcoming games. Samad also stated that he hopes to perform good, for all the people at home who have expectations from him.
“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.
“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,” he added.
Rashid Khan’s spin masterclass wins SRH their first match in IPL 2020
The Afghanistan spinner showed his class once again taking three figures and giving away only 14 runs in four overs. Rashid Khan told he realised he was able to get the ball to turn more with his pace and aimed to bowl at the right areas and get more dot balls.
“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,” Rashid told Samad.
The Delhi Capitals batting order could not handle the wrath of SRH bowling. They could only add up a total of 147, which was 15 runs short of their target of 163. SunRisers Hyderabad will next face Chennai Super Kings on October 2nd at the Dubai International stadium.