Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have shown great faith in emerging talents and two of the best examples are the Jammu and Kashmir players, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. Both Umran and Samad were uncapped then, however, Umran has since gone onto to represent the Indian team in the white ball format following his success with SRH in the IPL.
While Samad has been waiting for his chances, the all-rounder well showcased his potential in the IPL encounter between Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Jaipur. With 17 required to win in the final over, Abdul Samad completed the task for his team in the final delivery, during which he also got two lucky reprieves.
It all started with Rajasthan’s Impact Substitute Obed McCoy putting down a sitter in the first ball as Samad ran a couple. The batter then whacked Sandeep Sharma for a six, flat and straight enough to tantalize Joe Root made a desperate attempt to save the six but fails to prevent it from bouncing past the boundary ropes.
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Abdul Samad then completed another double but Sandeep brought things under control as the over proceeded. With five required in the final delivery, the J&k batter failed to get the desired connection and handed a simple catch to the long-off fielder but it was signaled no, thus reducing the task to four off one ball. Samad then closed the proceedings with another maximum win which kept SRH alive in the playoff race.
Following the win, Sunrisers batting coach Hemang Badani revealed that Samad redeemed himself with the match-winning effort, adding past failures were “hurting” the batter inside. Adding more context to his statement, Badani revealed his conversation with Samad after SRH’s encounter against KKR, where the team failed to complete nine runs in the final over.
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As per the quotes in PTI, the SRH coach said, “I have to give full marks to Samad. He was the first one to come up to me after the last game (vs KKR) and said ‘I should have finished the game’. He took ownership of it. He didn’t finish well and was unhappy about it. He was thinking that ‘I am a retained player and I want to show the team that I am worth its time and investment’. A few sides have tried doing certain things against him and we have worked on that. One of them did come off this evening.”