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Shahbaz Nadeem Adjusts Himself To Wait 

Shahbaz Nadeem Adjusts Himself To Wait
Shahbaz Nadeem was the highest wicket-taker in the 2016/17 season of Ranji Trophy with 56 scalps to his name.

The left-arm off-spinner, Shahbaz Nadeem is on the brink of the national call from a long period now. He had a prolific two last seasons in Ranji Trophy.

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Shahbaz Nadeem was the highest wicket-taker in the 2016/17 season of Ranji Trophy with 56 scalps to his name.

In the last consecutive seasons, he picked more than 50 wickets. In 2015-16 Ranji Trophy, he took 51 while as the figures rose to 56 in 2016-17.

Although after putting one back to back performances, he is unable to get a call that frustrated him to a large extent. However, he motivated himself psychologically and philosophically to accept the challenges. He said that he is patient and is hopeful to get a chance soon.

 

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Shabaz is part of Delhi Daredevils for six years now.
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“To play for India, just performing alone isn’t enough. You have to see whether the place you are fighting for is empty. There are many players who have taken dozens of wickets in domestic cricket but haven’t got a chance to play for the country. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen with me (laughs).”

At the beginning of a fresh season, Nadeem took first five-wicket haul in the final day of play for India Red in Duleep Trophy.

“Only thing I have to do is continue performing and keep taking wickets. That is what I have to concentrate on.”

He has been a regular member of Delhi Daredevils now in Indian Premier League. Despite the fact, that Nadeem now spends six consecutive years with the franchise, he is not getting chances to showcase his talent on a regular basis.

“Yes a good IPL can propel you into the national team. But in the IPL, I have just played 6-7 matches in the last couple of seasons.”

“However, the selectors have told me that they are looking at me for the longer version. So if I have to get a chance in Tests, I have to do well in all four-day matches so that’s my focus.”

India is still using the services of Ravichandran Ashwin in Tests who is continuing his top-notch. In sub-continent pitches, it is Ravindra Jadeja who shares the partnership with Ashwin.

The collaboration between the duo creates an obstacle for Nadeem to make a place in the extended format of the game.

“As a player, you know that they are looking at you. It keeps you motivated that you are being watched.”

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