Srinagar- Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Abdul Samad made rounds on the internet with some amazing knocks in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. Having earned a spot in his side’s playing XI, the young lad once again grabbed a few eyeballs in SRH’s first game of IPL 2021 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
"Let's send Nabi and Shankar over Samad" pic.twitter.com/kqmAyExSwH
— monkey बात🐒 (@monkeybaat83) April 11, 2021
When power hitter Abdul Samad sent out that late on batting.
— Shakib Anwar (@Shakib__Anwar) April 11, 2021
With a target of 188 runs on the board, Sunrisers Hyderabad had a bad start as the opening duo of Wriddiman Saha and David Warner was able to post just 10 runs in total. Then came Manish Pandey who played an amazing knock of 61* off 44 balls for his side.
— Shayarcaster (@shayarcaster) April 11, 2021
Batting at the No. 4 spot, Jonny Bairstow was in good form and SRH fans had high hopes from him. But a delivery by Pat Cummins sent Bairstow back to the pavilion in the 13th over. Nevertheless, Bairstow aggregated a total of 55 runs at a strike rate of 137.50 for his side.
Samad’s clean, fearless clean hitting off Cummins was just wow! Example of never say die talent in the country
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 11, 2021
At that point, SRH was in dire need of some big overs as the target was to score 86 runs off just 42 balls. So, experienced Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi was sent on the field, but he got caught out after hitting a couple of good shots. Then came in all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who too was sent back to the pavilion on delivery by Andre Russell.
Finally, after losing their fifth wicket at the end of the 18th over, SRH went on with hard-hitting all-rounder Samad. He started casting his magical spell from the very start and smashed his first delivery by Pat Cummins out of the ground. A back-of-length delivery just side off, Samad carefully examined what he needed to do and hit the ball hard at just the right moment.
Samad showing what SRH need to promote. Names alright, game matters.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 11, 2021
A couple of deliveries later, Samad went on to showcase some more of it. It was a slot ball by Cummins this time and Samad elegantly dispatched it straight down the ground.
Following his spell-bounding knock, many fans and cricket experts went on to say that if SRH would have sent Samad earlier in place of two batsmen, things could have been different in the match. In fact, some sites providing IPL betting tips had already suggested that Samad could be one of the top performers of the match.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 11, 2021
Besides, cricketers Irfan Pathan and Aakash Chopra also expressed their frustration over Samad being sent in so late in the batting order.
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