The Super Sunday fixture between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders saw Mohammad Nabi getting into the orange army ahead of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson. After winning the toss and selecting to field, David Warner names, himself, Jonny Bairstow, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan as his overseas choices.
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Mohammad Nabi, 36, is an Afghan all-rounder, playing as a right-handed batsman and off-break bowler. He was the first cricketer from Afghanistan to be picked by an IPL team. In 2017, Nabi was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 30 lakhs. He played three matches during the tournament. In the latest tournament, he has been retained by Hyderabad for Rs 1 crore.
Nabi was born in the Logar province of Afghanistan. He started playing gully cricket at the age of 10 and never stopped since then. During Afghanistan’s tour to India in the 2000s, Nabi was noticed by English cricketer Mike Gatting, when he hit 116 runs against the visiting Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) side in Mumbai. He played for the MCC later on, making his first-class debut with them.
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He rose to popularity after taking 11 wickets in the 2009 ICC World Cricket League Division Three. Team Afghanistan reached the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier with the help of his performance.
Nabi made his Twenty20 International cricket debut in 2010 against Ireland. He was named the Afghanistan captain for the Asian Games. Afghanistan finished the Asian Games runners-up after losing the final to Bangladesh.
He led Afghanistan in the 2014 Asia Cup, the team’s first major international One Day International cricket tournament. Although after Afghanistan’s constant poor performance, Nabi resigned as captain in April 2015. He also announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2019 to focus on white-ball cricket.
Nabi has played several T20 franchise tournaments around the world, including IPL, Afghanistan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League and Big Bash League.