Sunrisers Hyderabad added a new face in their playing XI – Abdul Sammad during their game against Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League 2020 on Tuesday.
It was the first IPL game for Samed and the 18-year-old hard-hitting batsman came out to bat at no.5 and hit an unbeaten 12 runs off 7 balls including a six and a four.
Here are ten interesting facts about IPL’s latest debutant Samed:
- Abdul Samad is a cricketer from Kala Kot, Jammu, and Kashmir. The 18-year-old had made his T20 debut for J&K in the 2018–19 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
- He is the son of physical education (PE) master Mohammad Farooq. His father himself was an outstanding Volleyball player and played cricket at club level in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir.
- The 18-year-old wanted to emulate Rohit Sharma as a youngster. He liked hitting it big and made a reputation doing that in Jammu’s age-group levels.
- Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who is the mentor of the J&K side, was struck by Samed’s skills during a trial in 2018 after which the youngster was soon drafted into the J&K side and his game – an unbridled love for hitting sixes – was ironed out.
- Samad made his J&K debut in a T20 against Nagaland in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the 2018/19 season. He scored a 51-ball 76* as an opener, He has since played 10 more T20s, and despite shifting down the order, still averages 40.
- Abdul has a decent record in domestic cricket, in 11 T20s he has slammed 240 runs at a 136.36 strike rate. While, he has played only 8 List A ODIs, in which he scored 237 at an excellent strike rate of 125.39. He also made his Ranji debut last season, in which he managed to score 592 runs in 10 first-class matches and was top-scorer for J&K.
- Samad is not only a power hitter but he can build innings too and he showed that in the Ranji Trophy. When J&K were reduced to 131 for 4 in their second innings against Maharashtra on a green track in Pune, he absorbed the pressure and averted a collapse, scoring 78 off 89 balls. His contribution was central to J&K stretching their lead to 363 and eventually winning the game.
- Samad slammed a quick 48 during SRH trials in Hyderabad, with his team needing 80 to win off seven overs.
- Samad was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for his base price of Rs 20 lakh in IPL 2020 auctions.
- He is the fourth cricketer from J&K to play in the Indian Premier League and the only player from the erstwhile state in this edition of the tournament.