IPL 2018: Nabi wants to shine with bat if given a chance

On Monday, Nabi did not play SRH’s first game, in which it defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Mohammad Nabi holds the record of scoring the fastest T20I fifty for Afghanistan. (File Photo)   -  V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, apart from bowling, wants to contribute handsomely with the bat in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“(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,” the 33-year-old right-handed batsman said.

On Monday, Nabi did not play SRH’s first game, in which it defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR). Nabi, who holds the record of scoring the fastest T20I fifty for Afghanistan, said that he would try to achieve a similar feat in the IPL.

“Yes, I will try my best, if I get a chance in batting, to get a fastest fifty in the IPL,” he quipped. Nabi also bowls off spin and says that his bowling would also be an important aspect for the team.

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“First, my bowling is very important for the team, to put the opposition under pressure, and then it is my batting,” he added. Nabi said that the IPL has aided Afghanistan players in terms of experience and boosting their confidence level.

“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,” he added.

SRH has got a new skipper in Williamson, after Australian David Warner was banned from IPL following his involvement in the ball-tampering row in the third Test match against South Africa, in Cape Town. According to Nabi, Williamson is a “nice man and a good captain and supports everyone”.