Shahbaz Nadeem was called as cover for Kuldeep Yadav for third Test against South Africa. (Source: Twitter)

The Indian team management surprised one and all after calling up Jharkhand’s Shahbaz Nadeem a day before the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi.

Nadeem was not scheduled to play before

30-year-old Nadeem was not already scheduled to play in this match. Kuldeep Yadav was given a chance to be in the playing eleven. But on Friday, he had complained of pain in the left shoulder during the practice session. Due to this, Nadeem was first included in Team India as his cover and by Saturday morning he was guaranteed to play.

Who is Nadeem
The 30-years-old left-arm spinner Nadeem had not played any international match for Team India yet. Nadeem, who played for Bihar Jharkhand, has so far taken 145 wickets in 106 matches at List A with an economy of 4.29 and an average of 27.80. In first-class cricket, he has taken 424 wickets in 110 matches at an average of 28.59 and an economy of 2.69.

When did Nadeem first come into the discussion
Nadeem, who made his first-class debut in 2004, was the first to discuss 42 wickets in the 2012-13 Ranji season. After this, he also took 9 wickets in 12 matches for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2013 and also impressed the most with his economy.

Nadeem has influenced a lot recently
Nadeem, who has been performing well in domestic cricket for many years, has recently done well for India A. Nadeem is a regular part of the India A team, he has made a significant presence in the unofficial test for this team. Earlier this year, he took seven wickets in two matches against the England Lions, then in the West Indies, he took 15 wickets in two first-class matches at an average of 16. In the two matches against South Africa A, he took 8 wickets at an average of 16.75.

Nadeem’s arrival in Team India was very difficult
Selection for Nadeem in Team India has been very difficult. It was almost impossible for Nadeem to come into Team India, with veterans like R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav Yuzvendra Chahal in the team. But his recent performance made it difficult for the selectors to ignore him. And now he has a chance to replace Kuldeep and can brighten his career.