IND vs SA 3rd Test: It took just three balls for nerves to settle on debut, says Shahbaz Nadeem

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IND vs SA 3rd Test: It took just three balls for nerves to settle on debut, says Shahbaz Nadeem
Shahbaz Nadeem took two wickets on his debut at his home ground. (Source: Twitter/BCCI)

Debutant left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem on Monday said he was nervous for exactly three balls in his maiden Test appearance against South Africa and his wealth of experience in first-class cricket prepared him for the international challenge on short notice. Nadeem was drafted into the squad for the third Test after Kuldeep Yadav suffered a shoulder injury.

The 30-year-old took two wickets on his debut at his home ground, sending back Temba Bavuma and Anrich Nortze during South Africa’s first innings which folded for 162 on Monday. “I was excited, and a bit emotional too, but then I concentrated on what I had to do in the game. I was nervous for the first three balls, especially during my run-up. My nerves settled during the fourth ball,” said the late-bloomer, who got his maiden Test call up 15 years and 110 first-class matches after he made his Ranji debut back in 2004-05.