Brian Lara praises young Abdul Samad, believes he can be one of the shining knights

Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 29 Apr 2021

 

Batting legend, Brian Lara has said that Abdul Samad – the hard-hitting batsman of the Sunrisers Hyderabad can be one of the stars of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Talking to Star Sports, Lara said that he believed the 19-year old from Jammu and Kashmir have the ability to emerge as one of the best players of the tournament this year.

Samad smashed 19 off 8 deliveries including two sixes against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai but failed to do well in other ganes in the competition. He is known for his six-hitting abilities in the lower order and has a strike rate of 113 in first-class cricket where he scored at 128.45 in List-A cricket and 146.45 in T20 cricket as well. He smacked 63 off just 38 deliveries while playing for Jammu and Kashmir against the Services in the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year.

Lara again stated that Samad was one of the players to watch out for in the IPL 2021.

“Young Abdul Samad. I know he has had just two innings, but I think he is someone who can pretty much be one of the shining knights at the end of the tournament.”

The veteran also added that he believed all-rounder Jason Holder would be the one West Indian player to look out for with his all-round performances in IPL 2021.

“I think Jason Holder could do pretty well. He ended up replacing Mitchell Marsh in the 2020 IPL, so I expect him to maybe come up trumps this year. The tracks are not so favourable to pace where he is playing at present, but he is such a good all-round player that I hope he can maintain his play and really show that the West Indians are here to stay.”

Notably, SunRisers Hyderabad didn’t have a good start in the tournament and they will have to bounce back soo to be in the race of the playoffs.

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