It is my dream to play for India: Abid Nabi

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Srinagar:''I am hopeful and quite positive of playing for Team India one day...It is my dream,'' said Abid Nabi, a promising young fast bowler from Kashmir.

Abid was summoned to Mohali by coach Greg Chappell, chief selector Kiran More and captain Rahul Dravid to bowl at the nets.

Talking to UNI on his return from Mohali, Abid said though the team for the third Test against England at Mumbai has already been announced, he was quite hopeful and positive of playing in the forthcoming One-day series.

''I bowled at the nets to my dream cricketers for five consecutive days. It was a lifetime experience. They were impressed with my bowling,'' he said.

Abid was asked by Chappell and More to continue practicing with consistent speed and at the same time maintain a perfect line and length.

He claims to bowl at a speed of 140-145 km per hour which is as fast as any quick bowlers in international cricket.

''Of course, I am consistent,'' the 20-year-old fast bowler said when asked if he could maintain the speed in long spell.

Abid, a resident of Sonawar near here, had impressed the national selectors with his bowling at the nets in Mohali during the second cricket Test against England.

Standing at six feet two inches, the youngster also worked on his physical fitness and running techniques under the guidance of Chappell, bio-mechanist Ian Frazer and trainer Gregory Allen King.

Abid, whose idol is legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, was busy with North Zone in Deodhar Trophy when he got the call from Bhupinder Singh Senior, one of the national selectors. And the day is not too far when Abid would play for Team India which has a number of swing bowlers, but lacks a genuine fast bowler. He has honed his bowling skills at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai in 2003-04.

''It is my dream to play for Team India and along with some great names,'' Abid said.

His father Ghulam Nabi told UNI that he had always discouraged and at times even stopped his son from playing cricket.

''He had a passion for cricket right from his childhood and liked nothing else but playing with the bat and the ball. I wanted him to study hard and get into a government service. But, he wanted to do something in cricket and earn a name for himself,'' said Ghulam Nabi, a mason by profession.

''I was not earning too much...had a limited money which I could not have even thought of spending on his playing cricket. Till he was in seventh standard, I tried to dissuade him in whatever way I could - sometimes by scolding him and sometimes with love and affection. But, finally we gave up,'' Ghulam Nabi added.

Ghulam Nabi said he did not want Abid a son of a mason to dream big and then get disappointed. ''But he has proved all of us wrong.'' Abid's mother Hajra Begum said he used to play cricket for the whole day and never listened to them.

''He used to play cricket every time. We were very much angry with his attitude and non-stop cricket. Abid used to tell us that cricket is life for him and if he succeeds in cricket, he would succeed in life,'' she added.

Hajra Begum said Abid did not appear twice in examinations because of cricket.

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