India, Oct. 21 -- Shahbaz Nadeem was offering 'namaz' at home in Kolkata on Friday afternoon when the call came to be part of the squad for this Test. "I finished namaz and saw that I was being called. I came by road from Kolkata," said the left-arm spinner in Ranchi on Monday, who reached the team hotel after 11pm, hours before the game.

The call had come after 15 years of first-class cricket during which Nadeem, 30, said he had to motivate himself to keep waiting for a chance-"all our spinners perform so consistently that there is little else you can do,"-so he wasn't taken aback by the somewhat dramatic turn of events.

"When you have played cricket for so many years, you're ready to play at 6 in the morning after getting a call at 4a...