Sehwag encouraged me to perform well: Nadeem

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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:16 [IST]
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Nadeem hails Sehwag after good show

Mumbai, Apr 17: Talented spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who stole the show to record a comprehensive win for Delhi Daredevils over Mumbai Indians in the fifth edition of IPL, has said skipper Sehwag's words instilled a lot of confidence which resulted in his performance.

Nadeem's two wickets during the powerplay helped the team win against Mumbai Indians, as he was adjudged the man-of-the-match.

He has been impressive since the start of the fifth edition as he conceded only nine runs off three overs against Chennai to help Daredevils register an eight-wicket win against the defending champions.

"After the game against Chennai, Virubhai said you go and bowl your normal balls and you will do well. I bowled three overs in powerplay today and I concentrated on my line and length and it paid me off," said the 22-year-old Jharkhand player at the post-match press conference last night.

"The second wicket (of Richard Levi) was special. I bowled an arm ball and it worked," he said.

"In that match (against Chennai), I bowled the 15th and 17th overs. Virubhai told me to go out and do what I know. He gave me the confidence. When we came here, Virubhai told me I did not allow even a batsman of Dhoni's calibre to hit me. As far as I'm concerned he (Dhoni) is one of the best players of spin bowling," said Nadeem.

Nadeem rated his performance against Chennai better than the one against Mumbai Indians last night.

"But I rate the last match (performance) better than this, though I did not get any wickets," said the young left-arm spinner who took two for 11 in four overs.

Brimming with confidence, Nadeem said two consecutive wins over Chennai and Mumbai have given them the much needed motivation and confidence to play well in the rest of the tournament.

"Mumbai is a very good team over the last 2-3 years and beating them gives us a lot of satisfaction. Last match we played (and beat) Chennai who are also a very good side. After beating these two teams we have a lot of confidence and are looking forward in this tournament."

Unexpectedly, he bowled the second over as Sehwag encouraged the young spinner to bowl the second over of the innings when the team stepped onto the ground.

"Actually I didn't expect to bowl the second over. When we were going out on the ground Virubhai said I am bowling the second over because he thought it will be difficult for them (openers Richard Levi and Davy Jacobs) to score as they are both foreign players.

"He (Sehwag) just gave me the ball and said just bowl whatever you know and it worked for our team," said Nadeem.

Nadeem further added saying, he was concentrating on maintaing the line and length as it is very important for a spinner to be accurate.

"For me the most important thing as a bowler is to maintain line and length. If you are a spinner you are bound to get hit in this format and so you should be very precise with your line and length and I'm working on that."

He was also disappointed with Sachin Tendulkar's injury as he could not bowl to the legend, his role model, since Tendulkar missed the fourth game due to a finger injury.

"I came to know only this morning that Paaji (Tendulkar) is not playing. He's one of the greatest batsmen in the world. He's my idol, so it would have been a great opportunity for me to bowl against him and at the same time there will be so much pressure bowling to your idol."


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