Samad shares Irfan’s influence in his career
India’s promising uncapped all-rounder Abdul Samad has shared the influence of former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan in his career and his feelings about playing Indian Premier League (IPL) this year for the first time in his career.
“After playing Under-19 one-dayers when we came back home, there was a camp set up, where Irfan bhai had come. Irfan bhai saw me batting, and he asked why I was not able to score the big runs. I told him that I lacked a little patience. He told me then that I should hit but a little selectively. He told me that if I look at scoring big runs, then I am capable of playing for India one day,” Samad said in a video shared on SRH’s YouTube channel.
He also revealed his experience in IPL trials. “I went to 3 places for IPL trials: Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. When my name came on TV during the IPL auctions, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad picked me, I was very happy that day, as I was finally picked for the IPL,” concluded Samad.
19-year old Samad played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) this year and showed his pinch-hitting skills at the death overs. He smashed six sixes in the tournament against the bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins etc. He scored 111 runs in 8 innings at an excellent strike rate of 170.76.