[caption id="attachment_739694" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Shahbaz-Nadeem-India-A-Getty.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-739694" alt="Shahbaz Nadeem of India A bowls during Day Two of the Tour Match match between England Lions and India A at New Road on July 17, 2018 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Shahbaz-Nadeem-India-A-Getty.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Shahbaz Nadeem of India A bowls during Day Two of the Tour Match match between England Lions and India A at New Road on July 17, 2018 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Left-arm spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shahbaz-nadeem">Shahbaz Nadeem</a> struck with precision in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/duleep-trophy">Duleep Trophy</a> game for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india-red">India Red</a> against India Blue in the second league fixture of the tournament yesterday in Dindigul and took 5/53 to kick-start the domestic season of 2018-19. Nadeem has played well in the Ranji Trophy for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/jharkhand">Jharkhand</a> over the last 14 years he has been representing the state side. He has taken a prolific 370 wickets in 98 first-class games at a good average of 29.72 with 15 five-wicket hauls and three match-hauls of 10 or more wickets. <p></p> <p></p>Especially, the left-armer was on a roll of sorts with 50-plus wicket bundles for Jharkhand in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ranji-trophy">Ranji Trophy</a> of 2015-16 &amp; 2016-17 (51 &amp; 56 wickets respectively, in chronological order). He has been in contention for a spot in the national squad for quite some time now, being a veteran of sorts on the domestic front. While it has been a rather long wait which might turn people astray at times, Nadeem has learnt to see things philosophically and is not afraid to wait for his chances. <p></p> <p></p> To play for India, just performing alone isn t enough. You have to see whether the place you are fighting for is empty. There are many players who have taken dozens of wickets in domestic cricket, but haven t got a chance to play for the country. Hopefully, it doesn t happen with me (laughs), said Nadeem speaking to <em>The Hindu</em>. <p></p> <p></p>With India's leading left-arm spinner in the current times, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravindra-jadeja/">Ravindra Jadeja</a> doing well in the opportunities that he has got with India, Nadeem has had to wait but he is still determined to perform at the first-class level to get noticed. <p></p> <p></p> Only thing I have to do is continue performing and keep taking wickets. That is what I have to concentrate on. As a player, you know that they are looking at you. It keeps you motivated that you are being watched. <p></p> <p></p>Nadem has been a regular on the IPL circuit with his franchise <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/delhi-daredevils">Delhi Daredevils</a> over the past six seasons now, but has had limited opportunities to play there. When asked about whether limited opportunities have been a hindrance in him being called up to the national squad, Nadeem nodded but said his focus is on the longer version he wants to prove himself on the first-class level more than anything else as of now. <p></p> <p></p> Yes a good IPL can propel you into the national team. But in the IPL, I have just played 6-7 matches in the last couple of seasons. However, the selectors have told me that they are looking at me for the longer version. So if I have to get a chance in Tests, I have to do well in all four-day matches so that s my focus, he said. <p></p> <p></p> I got my first <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india-a/">India A</a> call-up in 2013 and I have been a regular for the last two years. But even now, whenever I play for India A, I am very excited because I know it is just a step away from the senior team. I have that pressure to perform so I don t take it for granted, he added.