|Abdul Samad Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||October 28, 2001|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Abdul Samad is an Indian professional cricketer who has played for his home state of Jammu and Kashmir (2019–Present) across all 3 formats, as a top-order batsman, in the Indian domestic circuit. In the IPL (Indian Premier League), he has turned out for Sunrisers Hyderabad (2020–Present). A teen prodigy, he had first come into the spotlight in February 2019, when as a 17-year-old, he had made his domestic senior-level debut for Jammu and Kashmir, in the 2018–19 season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (India’s premier domestic T20 cricket competition). By the end of the year, he had made his List A debut during the 2019–20 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy (India’s premier domestic one-day cricket competition). In December 2019, aged just 18, he had made his first-class debut for Jammu and Kashmir during the 2019–20 season of the Ranji Trophy (India’s premier domestic first-class cricket competition). His performances within his first year of domestic cricket, particularly his exceptional strike rate, had helped him earn selection for the IPL. As of May 2021, having played a season and a half of the IPL, he was scoring his runs at a stellar strike rate of 161.53.
Abdul Samad Farooq
Kalakote, Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Jammu and Kashmir, India
- Father – Mohammed Farooq Samad (Physical Education Teacher)
- Mother – Farzana Kausar
- Siblings – Tayyab Samad (Older Brother) (Cricketer)
Right-Arm Leg Break
1 – Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, spiked hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a trimmed beard
Abdul Samad Facts
- He had first made national news when former India international Irfan Pathan had spotted him at a training session and had raved about his big-hitting prowess.
- In his very first senior-level match for Jammu and Kashmir, during the 2018–19 season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he had recorded a smashing knock of 76 runs from just 51 balls.
- As of May 2021, he had maintained a strike rate of more than 100 in all 3 formats of the sport at the domestic and franchise levels, a rarity even by modern standards. He had managed a strike of 112.97 in 10 first-class matches, 128.45 in 11 List A matches, and 145.98 in 32 T20 matches.
- In these 10 first-class matches, he had already scored 2 centuries. The first of those, against Assam, was an unbeaten score of 103 runs from just 72 balls and had featured 8 sixes and 7 fours. The second, a knock of 128 runs against Jharkhand also saw him at his belligerent best as he had again scored at a strike rate of more than 100, which is a rarity in first-class cricket.
- In his maiden first-class season, he had smoked 36 sixes, the most by anyone in the season. His performances were a vital force in Jammu and Kashmir reaching the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy, only for the second time in their history. He had nearly taken his team to the semi-final stage of the tournament but they had fallen just 30 runs short of Karnataka’s first innings total score.
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