New Delhi, Apr 26: Young domestic cricketers hardly get an opportunity to bowl to a legend like Sachin Tendulkar, but Jharkhand left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem already admitted that there is immense pressure on him as the Delhi Daredevils take on Mumbai Indians on Friday on April 27.
Nadeem, who has been a revelation for the Daredevils having bowled at an economy rate of 5.96 with six wickets in seven games.
"I have bowled against Sachin paaji on nets during IPL-III but I will be bowling against him for the first time in a competitive game. Of course there is additional pressure but I know that I have to perform well," Nadeem said.
Asked if he has any strategy for Tendulkar, Nadeem said he has to be at his best. "Can anyone succeed by just having a particular strategy against a batsman of his calibre? My only job will be to perform to the best of my abilities."
The 23-year-old left-arm spinner idolises Daniel Vettori and said skipper Virender Sehwag inspired and encouraged him as a bowler.
"Vettori is my idol. I grew up watching him. I could not get chance to meet him but I would love to seek some tips from the great bowler. "Everyone knows Virubhai's calibre as a batsman. As a captain, he is inspirational and always motivates youngsters," he said.
Nadeem returned to Jharkhand (Plate League) after losing a chance to play for Bengal (in Ranji Elite division), but MS Dhoni's example, the Jharkhand lad can aim achieve bigger things.
"Dhoni has taught us, the small-town boys, that one must dare to dream. From Ranchi, he not only captained India but also created new milestones," Nadeem said.