In Sunday, May 7’s match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing IPL 2023, young Abdul Samad wreaked pandemonium and committed a robbery at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Unfortunately, Samad was unable to clear the boundaries as Jos Buttler took a simple catch at long-off as the visiting team needed five runs off the final delivery to win. As the replay revealed that pacer Sandeep Sharma had overstepped, the third umpire ruled it a no-ball, and with four needed off the final delivery, Samad smashed a six to help SRH secure their fourth win of the season.
After this exhilarating victory, former SRH head coach Tom Moody stated that Abdul Samad’s cricketing career may have reached a turning point. Notably, the 21-year-old has not received enough opportunities this season, and his performance has also been scrutinized. However, after his outstanding performance against RR, Moody stated that the player has sufficient confidence in himself, and now the franchise must do the same.
“As a young, emerging player, Abdul Samad possesses an uncommon ability to hit the ball out of the ground. He resembles a youthful Yusuf Pathan to me. He possesses such strength and power, and this is a challenging role to portray.
“I hope that it gives the franchise’s management and franchisee confidence that they’ve hired the correct person, as that is the most difficult aspect. You need the organization – wherever you are – to have confidence in you, and if you look at his erratic selection over the past two years, I believe this is the turning point for him,” Moody said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.
Let me begin by saying I must award Samad a perfect score: Hemang Badani
Samad was in a comparable position against KKR. The visiting team required nine from six deliveries, but Samad was unable to carry his team to victory. Former India cricketer Hemang Badani stated that Samad later approached him and expressed regret that he was unable to complete the game against the Knight Riders.
“Let me begin by giving Samad full marks because he was the first person to approach me after the prior game (against KKR) and say, ‘I should have finished the game’. He took responsibility for it, stating that with nine off six balls, middle-of-the-order hitters typically end games for their team, and he was a little disappointed that he did not. He had a comparable experience with the match against Mumbai (Indians); he felt he could have finished the match. And he was in pain, truth be told. “He was in pain,” Badani said.