Afghanistan spin bowling all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has grabbed massive headlines in his first two games of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 edition for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Nabi displayed a sensational performance in his first game of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), returning with excellent figures of 3 for 12. In yesterday’s game against Delhi Capitals (DC), he continued with his amazing form picking two crucial wickets with the ball and then contributing a cameo of 17 runs off just 9 balls.
It’s about the conditions
The SRH bowlers recorded a splendid combined effort to restrict the hosts within a thin first innings total on Thursday. After the game, Nabi revealed that he always focuses on adjusting to the condition as quickly as possible. He mentioned that the Delhi wicket was a pretty different track as compared to the Hyderabad pitch and thus, he had to change his plans accordingly.
“As a bowler, I try and absorb the conditions as quickly as possible, because it’s about the conditions. If you see the last game, we got over 200. This was a different track so you have to be able to change your plans immediately,” said Mohammad Nabi.
The main aim is to read the batsman
Nabi further mentioned that it is very important to read the batsman’s thinking. He reckoned that this allows him to adjust his variations and not offer the batsman what he actually wants. “The main aim is to read the batsman. It is really important to know what the batsman is thinking. If you feel the batsman is waiting to hit you, then you have to try and change your delivery and not give in to what the batsman is thinking,” he added.
The off-spinner noted that turning the ball is not his main strength as he likes to bowl wicket to wicket. He stated that if the pitch is turning quite a bit, then as a bowler, he needs to adjust his skills in accordance with it. “Also, you have to understand the conditions. If the pitch is turning then you try to not turn the ball that much because the batsman is playing for turn. When I bowl, I don’t turn the ball much. I turn the occasional delivery,” explained Nabi.