The left-arm spinner, Shahbaz Nadeem is currently busy playing for Jharkhand in their Ranji Trophy semi-final match against Gujarat. He is the leading wicket-taker in this Ranji Trophy season with more than 50 wickets and that had tempted the national selectors to included him in the squad for the forthcoming ODI series against England on Thursday.
Speaking to CricketNext about his selection, Nadeem said, “I have never really pondered much about not getting a call. I would be lying if I said it doesn’t hurt at all, but then, I am quick to get back up and start working on my game. At the risk of being called philosophical, I would say that playing for India is a mix of destiny and performance."
He further elaborated, “If you have it written, you will play for India, sooner than later. No point pondering over it because if you look at it, even talented youngsters in the various age-group teams in Jharkhand are missing playing Ranji Trophy because I am doing well in the domestic circuit. So, in a way, it is a circle."
Eventually, Nadeem has played some handy knocks with the bat for his team as well. Speaking of that he said, “You cannot be a batsman or bowler alone to succeed in all the three formats. Gone are the days when a tailender could get away without scoring too many runs. But nowadays, the tail is also expected to wag and contribute to the cause of the team."
The 27-year old also added, “I have worked on my batting in the off-season and the results have come in quite a few games. I had failed to score runs on a consistent basis earlier, but this season I have managed to be consistent with the bat."
Nadeem concluded by talking about his current mindset, he said, “Right now, I am not thinking about the national team. I want to help the team qualify for the final of the Ranji Trophy and that is what matters to me. If we can go on and win it, that would be the icing on the cake."