Muralitharan has advised me to stick to my stock ball: Shahbaz Nadeem

first_imgShahbaz Nadeem’s USP has been his accuracy which frustrates batsmen and Sunrisers Hyderabad spin bowling mentor Muttiah Muralitharan wants the Jharkhand left-arm spinner to stick to his core skills.An India A regular and one of the most successful bowlers in first-class cricket, Nadeem has had sporadic success at the IPL level, mostly during his time at the erstwhile Delhi Daredevils, where he was used as a restrictive option.”Training under Murali has been great. I have picked up a couple of things under his guidance. I am implementing that in my bowling. He has asked me to stick to my stock ball (spinning away from right-handers) not to vary much from it,” Nadeem told PTI during an interview.Whether its Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for India, Yasir Shah for Pakistan, Adil Rashid for England or Adam Zampa for Australia, wrist spinners have become the preferred choice in the shorter formats of the game everywhere.But Nadeem thinks differently. For him, it is consistency that will prove to be decisive how far a player will progress.”I think it doesn’t matter much if you are a finger spinner or wrist spinner, if you are consistent with your performance and are taking wickets you will eventually get a chance wherever you play. You just have to keep performing well,” Nadeem said.Which one would you rather face as a batsman? @rashidkhan_19 or Muttiah Muralitharan? #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/ub4Bn3wSQD SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 28, 2019Donning the orange and black colours of Sunrisers Hyderabad after a seven-year stint with the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), the left-arm spinner is high on confidence after a record-breaking domestic season and a maiden national call-up.advertisementNadeem had shattered the two-decade-old world record for best bowling figures in List A cricket scalping 8/10 against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in September last year in Chennai. His figures reading 10-4-10-8.Also Read | Shahbaz Nadeem creates new world record with figures of 8/10 off 10 oversSubsequently, the 29-year-old received a national call-up to the T20 side against West Indies at home. However, Nadeem failed to make it to the playing XI but the Jharkhand bowler has taken it in stride, concentrating on the positives.”I was very happy just to be selected in the national side, it is a big thing for me. I was performing well at that time. If you don’t get a chance to play its okay, it motivates me to do even better and maybe next time I will get a game.”After a win like THAT, celebrations are a must! Watch here as @rashidkhan_19 gets painted in cake after his heroics in the match! #OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/iTadVtdgJ9 SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 30, 2019He was happy that head coach Ravi Shastri, a left-arm spinner himself, took personal interest in his bowling and also gave him a few suggestions.”The experience in Indian camp was very good. Ravi Shastri was interested in my bowling. He told me what to do and what not to do. That helped me. The selectors are also in touch with me. I know the focus is on the World Cup but if I keep performing constantly I will get more chances.”In the IPL, SRH boast of a strong bowling line up including Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Nadeem will have to fight for a spot in the team.”Rashid Khan is the main guy, we have to support him. My role has been defined. Haven’t put a number on how many matches I will get but have been conveyed my role,” Nadeem said.Also Read | SRH vs RR, IPL 2019: David Warner’s 69 helps Hyderabad gun down 199Also Read | There cannot be 11 Virat Kohlis in the Indian team: Muttiah MuralitharanAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstanceslast_img


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