Jharkhand’s left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem yesterday broke a two-decade-old world record for the best bowling performance in List ‘A’ cricket.
Meanwhile, he claimed eight wickets for just ten runs against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Chennai. Nadeem’s magical spell guided Jharkhand beat Rajasthan by seven wickets quite convincingly. He bettered former Delhi left-arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi’s 8-15. He achieved this feat in a Ranji Trophy one-dayer for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in 1997-98.
Shahbaz Nadeem, however, was recently in UAE with the India side as a practice bowler. He had some quality time and admitted that he got some valuable tips from MS Dhoni.
“Mahi bhai assured me I was bowling well, but I needed to take care of the field placements. He guided me on setting fields for different batsmen, who try particular shots frequently. To create additional pressure on the batsmen, he suggested specific field placements,” Nadeem told mid-day.
It was a totally new experience
Speaking on his recent stint with the India team in the UAE, Shahbaz Nadeem noted that it was a new experience. He also revealed that you get the first-hand acknowledgment regarding the progress of a player.
“Though I have bowled to all these India batsmen in the T20, bowling to them at the India nets was totally a new experience for me. I asked them how I bowled or which delivery of mine did they struggle to pick, so you get first-hand acknowledgment. You get a fair idea whether you are on the right track, so bowling to the Indian team is a morale-booster,” Nadeem concluded.