Shahbaz Nadeem has revealed that he is okay with playing second fiddle behind Sunrisers Hyderabad’s star player Rashid Khan and will grab any opportunity given to him this season. Nadeem was brought into the SRH squad along with Vijay Shankar from Delhi Capitals in exchange for Shikhar Dhawan.
Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off a memorable win against Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad a couple of days ago courtesy of a strong opening partnership from David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Rashid Khan was once again crucial with the ball and picked up the wicket of Royals’ dangerman Jos Buttler in his very first over itself. Former Delhi Capitals spinner Shahbaz Nadeem made his debut with the SRH outfit and ended the night with figures 1/36 from three overs.
Nadeem, who plies his trade with Jharkhand on the domestic circuit revealed that the Afghanistan star is the main spinner in the Hyderabad-based franchise. The left-arm spinner added that he is okay with playing second fiddle to Rashid and will make the most of any chances that come his way during the course of the tournament.
“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 told PTI sources in a recent interview.
The Muzaffarpur-born cricketer added that he is making the most under the tutelage of Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan. Nadeem further stated that it did not matter if a player is a finger spinner or a wrist spinner as long as they are consistent with the ball.
“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) and not to vary much from it.
“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, who has a tally of 41 wickets from 62 IPL matches, added.
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