Abdul Samad is a young Indian cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir. He captured the spotlight due to his hard-hitting hitting skills, which also helped him land an IPL contract with the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the 2020 IPL. He is only the fourth Jammu and Kashmir player to reach the IPL. Be it T20, ODI or Test match, Abdul’s hitting style remains almost the same across all formats, which is a hallmark of his hitting style.
Abdul Samad was born on Sunday, October 28, 2001 (19 years old; from 2020) in the village of Kalakote, located in the Rajauri district of Jammu. His full name is Abdul Samad Farooq. He did his studies at Lawrence Public School, Jammu.
Abdul grew up playing cricket on the local grounds of Jammu’s Ustad Mohalla. Observing Abdul’s growing interest in cricket, his father, who was a former sportsman (national level volleyball player), admitted Abdul to the MA Stadium Coaching Center, the main sports training academy in Jammu. Abdul was trained there by Randhir Singh Manhas and his assistant Raman Thaploo. In addition to fulfilling his cricket aspirations, Abdul Samad is also equally focused on his studies. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd) from Sharirik Shikshan Mahavidyalaya, Koradi and will likely finish the two-year course in 2021.
Height (approx.): 5 ′ 11 ″
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Black
Family and caste
Abdul was born into a middle-class Muslim family.
Fathers and brothers
Her father, Mohammad Farooq, graduated in Physical Education and teaches Physical Education at the District Sports and Youth Services Office in Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. His mother, Farzana Kausar, is a homemaker. His older brother, Tayyab Farooq, is also pursuing a degree in Physical Education at the same university where Abdul is studying.
Years of foundation
Abdul’s cricket journey began when he had the opportunity to play for Jammu’s under-14 cricket team at the age of eleven. Later, he played for the J&K Under-14 team for three years, the Under-16 team for two years, and the Under-19 team for one year, before joining the senior team.
The inflection point
Up until the time Samad was playing junior cricket, he was unable to make a noticeable impact. Most of the time he lost his window pretty early while trying to hit big shots. His hit rate was good; however, he lacked the focus to build his entrance. In 2018, when he returned to Jammu after playing an under-19 tournament, a camp was set up on the field of Science College, where former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan had come in an attempt to unearth and groom young cricket talents. from Jammu and Kashmir. A turning point came in Samad’s career when he was discovered by former Irfan Pathan during cricket tryouts at the camp. Irfan, who was then a mentor to the Jammu & Kashmir state senior team, was surprised to see how easily Samad could hit the ball out of the park. At that time, Samad was just a 16-year-old boy. Intrigued by his hard-hitting skills, Irfan Pathan discovered Samad’s performances in junior-level cricket, only to find that Samad had yet to score a single half-century. Irrfan understood that Samad lacked the patience required to score great runs. Irfan made Samad realize his potential as a hitter. Irfan told Samad to focus on building his inning and hitting the ball selectively rather than trying to hit each ball over the boundary rope. Irfan kept him under his wing and not only trained him as a coach, but also guided him as a mentor.
Samad and Irfan’s coaches played a crucial role in improving Samad’s game and his development as a more mature cricketer.
On February 21, 2019, Samad made his T20 debut with the Jammu & Kashmir senior team in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Nagaland. He played a fiery inning in his first game and scored 76 runs on 51 balls. On September 27, 2019, Abdul began his A-List cricket career by playing against Rajasthan at the Vijay Hazare Trophy. On December 9, 2019, he played his first Ranji Trophy match for Jammu & Kashmir against Uttarakhand. He was his team’s top run scorer in the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy with 592 runs in 10 games. Additionally, he broke 36 sixes, the highest for any player in the tournament.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) selectors took notice of his powerful performances on the domestic circuit and invited him to the cricket tryouts that were held prior to the 2020 IPL auction. The franchise chose him for its base price of Rs. 20 lakh at the 2020 IPL auction. Samad played his first IPL match on September 29, 2020 against Delhi Capitals.
He contributed to the team’s performance with the bat and also with the ball as a part-time bowler. He largely played the role of a spiker and successfully won a few games for his team while hitting in the lower order.
Facts / Trivia
- Although millions of cricket fans around the world are familiar with Abdul’s skill with the bat, most of them are unaware of his hidden singing talent. Abdul Samad is blessed with a soulful singing voice. Here’s a clip from one of his singing sessions.
- Abdul Samad’s mother wanted her son to be a doctor. While speaking with a media correspondent, she revealed that her son was also brilliant in academia during his childhood, and because of this, she used to tell Abdul to dedicate himself less to sports and to spend more time on his books. However, observing his son’s talent and passion for cricket, he gradually began to support him.