IPL 2018: Mohammad Nabi backs himself to score the fastest fifty in the IPL
He also praised the tournament saying that it has helped Afghanistan cricket a lot.
Updated - Apr 10, 2018 7:16 pm
Mohammad Nabi, the all-rounder from Afghanistan, has backed himself to score the fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was benched by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their opening encounter against Rajasthan Royals and won it comprehensively by 9 wickets. Though it is unlikely that he will get a look-in in the next match at least, Nabi is confident of doing well whenever he gets a chance to play. However, he wants to shine with the bat this time for the franchise.
Nabi holds the record of the fastest half-century for Afghanistan in the T20 Internationals and the veteran wants to replicate the same in the IPL as well. While his batting has improved significantly compared to the last year, he proved the same in the Big Bash League (BBL) earlier this year. It remains to be seen if he will be given an opportunity to play in the near future.
IPL has helped Afghanistan a lot
Mohammad Nabi was delighted after Sunrisers began their season with a victory and hoped that the captain Kane Williamson takes the team all the way this year while hoping to break the record of the fastest fifty in the tournament.
“(The) expectation is that our team will perform in the whole (entire) league. We have a new captain (in) Kane Williamson, who has also played for the last few years for SRH. In my opinion, my goal is to perform in batting, if I get chances, and also perform in bowling. Yes, I will try my best, if I get a chance in batting, to get a fastest fifty in the IPL,” he was quoted as saying by PTI on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old also showered praises on the tournament saying that the IPL has helped Afghanistan cricket as the confidence of the player increases after playing with some of the best players in the world. “IPL has helped a lot (to Afghanistan cricket). Last year, there were two Afghanistan players, this year, there are four, and hopefully six or seven next year. Because of this experience (of the IPL), we take back home to the youngsters, or to the (training) academies, or inside the national team, the confidence-level goes high,” Nabi added.