‘150 or 130kmph, he doesn’t take pressure,’: Abdul Samad’s father

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Srinagar, October 02: J&K cricketer, Abdul Samad, having hit a huge six in his maiden IPL outing, hasn’t surprised his father who says pace doesn’t trouble him at all.

The teenager, who left one and all impressed with his clean-hitting for J&K in Ranji Trophy, announced himself in arguably world’s best T20 league, IPL, in style. Facing just his 4th delivery in his debut against Delhi Capitals, he hit fast Anrich Nortje an 86-metre-long six, earning himself praise from one and all.

Elated by Samad’s debut innings, his father, Farooq Ahmad, a Physical Education teacher by profession, said he knew his son will hit a six,

“I knew it (he would hit a six). He is a hard hitter, doesn’t take the pressure, whether the bowler is bowling at 150 or 130kmp,” He told Hindustan Times on Thursday.

He also narrated how Samad prepared himself during the lockdown enforced due to coronavirus.

“It was a complete lockdown in March and April. Then, slowly we started practice on our rooftop; put a mat and covered the sides with a net. I kept throwing balls at him and his elder brother Tayyab, also a cricketer, bowled. Later, Samad got permission to train at the state association’s ground at Science College,” said Farooq.

It would be interesting to see how the youngster advances in the tournament as Sunrisers Hyderabad tonight faces MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.