Left-arm spin All-Rounder Shahbaz Ahmed has been named in Team India Squad for Zimbabwe ODI series. This is the maiden India call-up for Shahbaz. He will replace Washington Sundar who has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury.
Here are 5 unknown facts about Shahbaz Ahmed:
Shahbaz Ahmed was born in Haryana, but he plays domestic cricket for Bengal.
Shahbaz made his List-A debut against Jammu and Kashmir in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He returned with figures of 1/22 in his debut match. In List-A cricket, Shahbaz has 662 runs in 21 innings at an average of 47.28. He has 24 List-A wickets to his name, with his best figures being 3/35.
Shahbaz made his first-class debut in 2018-19 Ranji Trophy, versus Hyderabad. So far, he has played 18 FC matches, scored 1041 runs, including 1 Hundred and 7 half-centuries. He has picked 57 wickets at an economy rate of 2.64. Ranji Trophy 2019-20 was a great season for Shahbaz. He scored 509 runs and picked 35 wickets.
Shahbaz made his T20 debut against Haryana in the 2018-19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He bowled an economical spell (1-25) and, scored a vital 12-ball 17 with the bat. In domestic T20s, Shahbaz has taken 39 wickets at an economy of 7.24.
In 2015, Shahbaz was in his third-year of civil engineering, and wanted to move to Kolkata to pursue his cricketing dreams. His father agreed. But on one condition. Shahbaz had to complete his engineering degree. So, with his engineering books and a cricket kit, Shahbaz reached Kolkata and joined Tapan Memorial Club.
Shahbaz got his maiden IPL contract from RCB, in 2020. The franchise signed him for INR 20 Lakhs. Ahead of IPL 2022, RCB bought him back for a whopping INR 2.4 Crores. Shahbaz has played 29 IPL matches so far. He has scored 279 runs and picked 13 wickets.
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Shahbaz Ahmed’s idol is Star All-Rounder Ravindra Jadeja. In an interview with Sportskeeda, Shahbaz had said: “I didn’t have any role-model while growing up. However, I love the way Ravindra Jadeja has been performing for the Indian team over the past few years. I aspire to be an all-rounder like him for my state and also for my IPL franchise. I’ve not spoken to him [Jadeja], but I ardently follow him.”
Batter to All-Rounder
Initially in his career, Shahbaz was a pure batter. He later worked on his left-arm spin bowling to be more valuable as a cricketer.