Jammu, December 07: Former Indian cricketer, Suresh Raian, Wednesday hailed J&K cricketer, Abdul Samad, saying many players from the region will follow his footprints after his success in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Raina, who was in the erstwhile state to hold trials for his academy, said the all-rounder performed excellently in IPL 2020 despite not having the infrastructure back home.
“Abdul Samad has performed really very well in IPL-13. He showed his encouragement and self-motivation even in lack of facilities and still he has done so much and did wonders in IPL.” Raina told reporters on the sidelines of a trial camp at M.A Stadium, Jammu.
The Uttar Pradesh-based cricketer went on to say that Samad could soon lead the way for J&K players.
“I have faith in Samad and have also spoken to him. Many players will come forward after watching him play. If they will get proper facilities then they will really play well in future,” Raina added.
The 19-year-old was a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise and appeared in as many as 12 matches for them in the recently concluded 13th season of IPL. He played a few vital cameos, hence making a mark in his debut season of the cash-rich league.
Several former Indian cricketers have since praised the youngster and predicted he could be a future star for India in the international cricket.