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Known as a net practice bowler for Team India, Shahbaz Nadeem created a new record in list A cricket when he bagged 8 wickets for 10 runs in Vijay Hazare trophy on Thursday. Playing for Jharkhand against Rajasthan, he returned figures of 10-4-10-8, the best ever figures in List-A cricket. The previous record was held by Delhi’s Rahul Sanghvi who took 8 for 15 against Himachal Pradesh 1997-98.
At one time Rajasthan were 32 for no loss and then Nadeem triggered a collapse. Nadeem struck at the end of the tenth over and then went on to claim 7 more wickets. His haul included a hat-trick. Nadeem could have created a world had fellow bowler Anukul Roy not taken the last two wickets.
According to ESPNcricinfo Nadeem said, “ People told me about the world record after the innings. When I was bowling, I didn't even realise I had taken a hat-trick, because I got the first two wickets off the last two balls and then the third one off the first ball of my next over. I first thought of the possibility of getting all ten when I got my eighth wicket. But you get what is destined for you, so I was destined to get only eight today."
On missing the opportunity, he said, “It's natural to feel a bit disappointed if you are close to getting all ten and you don't, but at the end, the team won, so that was the main thing. In fact, I told Anukul to change his strategy while bowling to get the wicket.”
His stint in the Indian team's nets also played a part in getting Nadeem into his zone. "I have bowled to the Indian team before too, having been called up to the nets several times. It is always a good experience because when you bowl to quality batsmen, you know you have to keep bowling good balls, so it gets you into that rhythm. I had some good chats with Mahibhai (MS Dhoni) and Bharat Arun there. Mahibhai always has good advice, and he shares it with me often. It's more about field placements for particular types of bowling and to different batsmen.
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Author: Akshita Jain
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