Srinagar: The star all-rounder Abdul Samad has suggested his friend and teammate Umran Malik to stick to his basics and don’t try anything extra.
Umran Malik who recently made his debut for India in T20’s against Ireland was on Thursday included in India squad for the England T20 series.
Abdul Samad currently in Kashmir as part of Jammu squad for the final of JKCA peace cup against Kashmir province team has wished his friend best of luck and suggested pacer to stick to his basics.
“I am happy to see his rise and wish him all the best. Whenever I speak to him I tell him do what you do best, there is no need to try anything extra. Stick to your basics and you will shine,” Abdul Samad was quoted as saying by Greater Kashmir.
It is well known fact that Samad has been the force behind rise of Umran Malik and has played instrumental role in pacers way into IPL and no in Team India.
About his contribution in the rise of Umran Malik, the Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder said,” He had the potential and need was to support him. One should back and support talent as much as one can. I tried to do whatever was in my hands and rest was all his ability,” Samad said.
Abdul Samad alongwith Umran Malik was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the squad ahead of the mega auction. However, after being regular in the first part of the tournament, Samad was dropped from the playing eleven.
“I was not able to perform up to the levels I should have. However, even in that I learnt a lot and it will help me in future. I will work harder and will try to give my best in future,” he said.
Abdul Samad is in Kashmir almost after four to five years and said that he is happy to be back here.
“It is always good to be back in Kashmir. I played age group level cricket here and now I am again here as part of senior squad. The weather is bit hotter than usual but still better than Jammu currently,” Samad added.