Iqbal Abdulla believes god has a timetable for everyone and nothing comes to you out of turn, “kitna bhi haath-pair mar lo (however much you thrash about)”.
And as someone who believes in God “a lot…in fact 100%”, Abdulla is ready to wait his turn and grab his chance when it arrives. By the looks of it, that time is now.
“He is a quality spinner and he's got great character. If he can keep his head on his shoulders, he should go a long way,” new Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir said of Abdulla after the left-arm spinner took three for 24 off four overs in the nine-run win over the Deccan Chargers.
The three wickets included those of South Africa international JP Duminy, who uses his feet well against spinners, and Australian big hitter Daniel Christian, who was threatening to mount a late challenge to the Knight Riders' total. Both were caught on the boundary.
Abdulla also gave the Knight Riders the early breakthrough with the new ball, something he had done against the Chennai Super Kings in the first match as well. “We gave him the new ball because the wickets suited his bowling,” Gambhir said. There was turn, but Abdulla also ensured he bowled a tight line and the right length.
Abdulla will enjoy Gambhir's words of encouragement. “It is a big boost in confidence if the captain believes in you,” Abdulla told HT.
Apart from his skills, Abdulla also brings winning mentality to the table. His cheap wickets played a part when Virat Kohli's team won the Under-19 World Cup in 2008 and he was in the 11 when Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy in 2009-10.