RR vs SRH IPL 2023: Abdul Samad wanted to prove his worth, says Sunrisers’ batting coach Hemang Badani | Cricket News

Abdul Samad had another chance to complete a game for Sunrisers Hyderabad, and this time he did not disappoint his side’s management, driving SRH home with a final six for a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur Sunday.
Reflecting on the spectacular finish and undefeated cameo of Samad (17 on 7 balls), the SRH batting coach Hemang Badani said Samad redeemed himself with a winning effort as past failures ‘hurt’ the Jammu and Kashmir striker inside.
Samad, 21, has been with SRH since the 2020 season but has given them little return on investment. However, he returned his faith Sunday night with a 7-ball 17 in SRH’s pursuit of 215.

SRH needed four runs on the last ball of the match and Samad crushed Sandeep Sharma for a straight six, after being caught by a no ball the previous delivery.
Glenn Phillips brought SRH back into the game with a 25-7.
The win keeps SRH alive in the tournament.
“It’s a big win for us because it gives us momentum. A few games could have been different for us, especially the last game against KKR in which we needed 9 on the last one. We didn’t could have finished that. Also the game against Delhi at home should have been finished by us,” Badani said.
“It will give a lot of confidence to guys like Samad because we would have felt like he missed a few times and to have done it here, next time he will hit differently in a similar situation.”

Badani revealed that Samad was gutted after the loss to KKR.
“I have to give all the marks to Samad. He was the first to come to me after the last game and said ‘I should have finished the game’. He made it his own. He didn’t finish well and was unhappy about it.
“He thought ‘I’m a retained player and I want to show the team that I’m worth their time and their investment’.
“Some teams tried to do certain things against him and we worked on it. One of them came out tonight,” Badani added.
SRH is alive in the playoff hunt, but his chances remain slim as he is ranked No. 9 in the 10-team competition.

(With contributions from the agency)


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