Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi needs to perform a little differently if he is to avoid the interviews he doesn’t like.
On Thursday, Nabi helped the St Lucia Zouks earn their first points of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after a 7-wicket Duckworth Lewis victory over defending champions Barbados Tridents earlier today.
Nabi first bagged 1-19 from four overs before slamming 15 off six deliveries to earn the man-of-the-match title in a significantly rain-affected game.
After restricting the Tridents to 131-7 from 18.1 overs, the Zouks benefitted from a long rain delay and only needed 47 from five overs, inclusive of two power plays.
Nabi helped the run chase along with some smart running, a big six and a smashing four.
“I don’t like interviews but because we won the game and I performed for my team, this one I like,” said Nabi during an interview with the CPL’s Alex Jordan.
Speaking about his cameo, Nabi said players like himself like having a short burst because it represents freedom to just go hard. He was also delighted to be up against teammate, Rashid Khan.
“We play for the same team most of the time, on national duties and we play on the same IPL team, so I know how Rashid will bowl to me. In the end he got me out as well though,” he said.
But when the Zouks bowled, Nabi said there was improvement after the close defeat they had against the Jamaica Tallawahs.
“This game we bowled brilliantly. It is a good start to the tournament and let’s see for our upcoming matches,” said Nabi.