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.

Samad shares Irfan's influence 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.

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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.

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