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Shahbaz Nadeem reveals what MS Dhoni said after winning Ranchi Test

Shahbaz Nadeem made his debut against South Africa in the final Test.

MS Dhoni and Shahbaz Nadeem
MS Dhoni and Shahbaz Nadeem. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virat Kohli and Co. won the final Test of the series against South Africa. It was a great win for Team India but very special for debutant Shahbaz Nadeem who was brought into the squad as a replacement of Kuldeep Yadav just 24 hours before the match was scheduled. He was in Kolkata when team management informed him about his inclusion in the squad for the final Test.

Shahbaz is playing first-class cricket for last 15 years in order to fulfill his dream of playing for India. And his dream turned into reality against South Africa when he received his debut cap from Indian skipper Virat Kohli. It was a special match for the debutant. He took four wickets in the match against Proteas in front of his home crowd and later he was appreciated by former Indian skipper MS Dhoni who reached the match venue on Day-4.

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MS Dhoni appreciated Shahbaz Nadeem’s performance

South Africa’s second innings ended within two overs on day four and Nadeem was the man to take the last two wickets in order to take India to a grand win. When the hosts won the final Test, the former skipper was present in the dressing room. A picture on social media went viral in which Dhoni is seen talking to the debutant after the match.

In an exclusive interview given to Times of India, when Shahbaz was asked about what he was discussing with the former skipper as seen in the picture. Nadeem said it was just a normal talk in which he asked MS Dhoni to rate his performance, “I met him (Dhoni) after the match. I asked him, ‘Mahi Bhai how did I do?” he told.

In reply to the question of the left-arm spinner, MS Dhoni felt that Shahbaz has attained maturity and now there is no need to do any experiments, ‘Shahbaz, you have matured now. I was watching you bowl. There is a maturity in your bowling now. That is because of your domestic experience. Just don’t experiment too much and play the way you have been playing. Your journey has started, Shahbaz.’ We chatted about our journeys,” the left-arm spinner told TOI.

30-year-old scalped the wickets of  Temba Bavuma, Anrich Nortje, Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi in the final Test against Proteas.

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