'Do something with your life, otherwise don't come back' - Shahbaz Ahmed’s father recalls giving strict warning to son

"He was determined to do something big," said Shahbaz Ahmed's mother after her son made his India debut.

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On Sunday, October 9, the 27-year-old Shahbaz Ahmed earned his maiden ODI cap as he became the 247th player to represent India in the 50-over format of white-ball cricket. In the match, the all-rounder picked up the wicket of Janneman Malan but most importantly, was brilliant with the new ball in the powerplay. Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan identified his value and also praised his contribution in the post-match presentation.

Time however wasn’t kind to him a few years back. With the dream of playing professional cricket, Shahbaz dropped out as an engineering student and left Haryana to pursue his cricketing career in Kolkata. His father for once was very unhappy with his decision and even gave an ultimate warning about his cricketing career. Recalling the incident, Jan Ahmed spoke to Indian Express about what happened during that time.

“Maine usse us din kaha kuch kar ke aana, warna mat aana waapis (Do something with your life, otherwise don't come back),” Jan said after his son made his debut for India as quoted by NDTV.

“He was determined to do something big. Even his college professors told him that it was a mistake because he was a good student. Shahbaz told his head of the department that 'one day you will give me my degree and also felicitate me.' And last year it happened,” his mother added.

Iyer and Kishan star as India defeat South Africa by 7 wickets

Talking of how the 2nd ODI panned out, the middle order stepped up for India as the Men in Blue registered a comfortable win over South Africa in the game at Ranchi. Chasing a total of 279, India lost two early wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill. However, with the introduction of dew later in the match, the batting got easier and it was Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan who helped India win the match by 7 wickets.

The KKR captain registered his second ODI hundred as he remained not out at 113. He was also adjudged the player of the match for his brilliant century under pressure. Someone who missed the century by a whisker was Ishan Kishan as he was dismissed at 93 runs. However, his form will boost his confidence in process of eyeing a comeback in the main squad of team India. The third and final match of the series will be played on October 11 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

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