India vs South Africa | Shahbaz Nadeem Makes Debut in Third Test
Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who was called up to India's Test squad on the eve of the third and final Test against South Africa at Ranchi, was handed his debut on Saturday (October 19).
The 30-year old has been on the periphery of a call-up for the past few seasons and has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit as well as in India A tours.
Big day for Shahbaz Nadeem as he is all set to make his Test debut 🇮🇳🇮🇳 #TeamIndia#INDvSA@Paytmpic.twitter.com/3hfYTaVyDL— BCCI (@BCCI) October 19, 2019
Nadeem plays his domestic cricket for Jharkhand and will be making his debut in his home ground, the JSCA Stadium.
Nadeem's stocks have been on the rise ever since 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season when he picked up 51 wickets. He was a part of the India A side for the recent tour of West Indies, where he topped the wicket-takers' list with 15 scalps, including 10 in the first game.
Nadeem also picked 8 wickets in the two four-day games for India A against South Africa A prior to the Test series.
Kuldeep has played six Tests, but was not a part of the XI for the first two games of the ongoing series with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being the two spinners in the Indian XI.