Abdul Samad is a young Indian cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir. This fearless cricketer hogged the limelight owing to his hard-hitting batting skills, which also helped him earn an IPL contract with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2020. He is only the fourth player from Jammu and Kashmir to make it to the IPL.
Abdul Samad was born on Sunday, 28 October 2001 (age 19 years; as of 2020) in village Kala Kot, located in Rajauri district of Jammu. He did his entire schooling from Lawrence Public School, Jammu.
Abdul grew up playing cricket in local grounds of Jammu’s Ustad Mohalla. Looking at Abdul’s rising interest in cricket, his father, who was himself a sportsperson (national level volleyball player) in his youth days, admitted Abdul to MA Stadium Coaching Centre, a premier sports training academy in Jammu. Abdul was trained there by Randhir Singh Manhas and his assistant Raman Thaploo. With the passage of time, Abdul sharpened his cricketing skills and went on to make a name for himself in the cricket scene. Along with fulfilling his cricketing aspirations, Abdul Samad is also equally focussing on his studies. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Physical Education (B.P.Ed) from Sharirik Shikshan Mahavidyalaya, Koradi and will probably finish the two-year course in 2021.
Height (approx.): 5′ 11″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Abdul was born into a middle class Muslim family.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Abdul Samad Farooq, has done a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and is a Physical Education master at the District Youth Services and Sports Office, in Jammu’s Gandhi Nagar. His mother, Farzana Kausar, is a homemaker. His elder brother, Tayyab Farooq, is also pursuing Bachelor’s in Physical Education from the same college where Abdul is studying.
As of now, there is no information available about his relationships.
Abdul’s cricket journey started when he got a chance to play for Jammu’s under 14 cricket team at the age of eleven years. Later, he played in J&K’s under 14 team for three years, for the under 16 team for two years, and then for the under 19 team for one year.
The Turning Point in his Career
Till the time Samad was playing junior cricket, he wasn’t able to make a noteworthy impact. Most of the times he would lose his wicket quite early in trying to hit big shots. His strike rate was good; however, he lacked the approach to build his inning. In 2018, when he came back to Jammu after playing an under 19 tournament, there was a camp set up at the Science College ground where the former Indian all-rounder, Irfan Pathan, had also come in a bid to unearth and groom young cricketing talents from Jammu & Kashmir. A turning point came in Samad’s career when he was spotted by the former Irfan Pathan during the cricket trials. Irfan, who was then a mentor of Jammu & Kashmir state’s senior team, was taken aback by seeing how easily Samad could smack the ball out of the park. At that time, Samad was just a 16 years kid. Intrigued by his hard-hitting skills, Irfan Pathan digged up Samad’s performances in the junior level cricket, only to realise that Samad hadn’t scored a single half century till then. Irrfan understood that Samad lacked the patience that is required to score big runs. Irfan made Samad realise of his potential as a batsman who can make become impactful batsman. Irfan told Samad to focus on building his inning and hitting the ball selectively rather than trying to whack every ball out of the park. Irfan kept him under his canopy and not only trained him as a coach but also guided him as a mentor.
Samad’s coaches and Irfan played a crucial role in improving Samad’s game and in his development as a more mature cricketer.
On 21 February 2019, Samad made his T20 debut for Jammu & Kashmir senior team in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Nagaland. He played a fiery inning in his maiden game and scored 76 runs in 51 balls. Later, on 27 September 2019, Abdul started his List-A cricket career by playing against Rajasthan in Vijay Hazare Trophy. The same year, on 9 December 2019, he played his first Ranji Trophy match for Jammu & Kashmir against Uttarakhand. He was the leading run-scorer for his team in Ranji Trophy 2019-20 with 592 runs in 10 matches. Also, he smashed 36 sixes, highest by any player in the tournament.
The SRH selectors took notice of his powerful performances in the domestic circuit and invited him for cricket trails held before the IPL 2020 auction. The franchise picked him for his base price, Rs. 20 lakh in the auction for IPL 2020. Samad played his first IPL match on 29 September 2020 against the Delhi Capitals.
He contributed in team’s performance with the bat and also as a part-time bowler. He largely played the role of a finisher and successfully won a few games for his team while batting in the lower order.
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Hobbies: Singing & playing video games
- Although millions of cricket fans around the world are familiar with Abdul’s ability with the bat and the ball, but what most of them don’t know is about his hidden singing talent. Abdul Samad is blessed with a soulful singing voice. Here is a clip from one of his singing sessions.
- Abdul Samad’s mother wanted his son to become a doctor. While talking with a media correspondent, she revealed that her son was also a brilliant student during his childhood and due to this she resisted Abdul to indulge less in sports and spend more time with his books. However, looking at her son’s talent and passion towards cricket, she gradually started supporting him.