IPL 2018: When Sachin Tendulkar’s reward left Afghan spinner Rashid Khan nervous


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Up to date: Could 29, 2018 2:34:55 pm

IPL 2018, SRH vs KKR Rashid Khan was sensible for Sunrisers Hyderabad within the IPL. (Supply: BCCI)

Rashid Khan might not have gone house to Afghanistan with both the IPL trophy or the Purple Cap however he did seize the flamboyant of many followers and ran circles around the batsmen along with his difficult spin bowling. Through the event, the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler barely look affected at the same time as he bowled in entrance of packed crowds and to one of the best that world cricket has to supply – selecting up wickets of MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. However there was a second the place he was caught unawares and nervous and it occurred off the sphere.

His marvellous performance against Kolkata Knight Riders within the second IPL Qualifier had snapped SRH’s dropping streak and had everybody speaking – together with the Grasp Blaster. Submit the match, Sachin Tendulkar had tweeted, “Always felt @rashidkhan_19 was a good spinner but now I wouldn’t hesitate in saying he is the best spinner in the world in this format. Mind you, he’s got some batting skills as well. Great guy.”

“When I got into the bus, a friend sent me a screenshot of the tweet and I was shocked to see it. I was thinking for like 1-2 hours before I could eventually reply. I really didn’t know what to write, but finally I replied,” Rashid informed Occasions of India on Monday.

“The whole of Afghanistan seemed to have seen that tweet. Tendulkar is very, very famous there and everyone was surprised that he had such high praise for me. Statements like these motivate young players and infuse positive energy,” he added.

Rashid picked up 21 wickets within the event – three lower than leading wicket-taker Andrew Tye – and made issues tough for the batsmen as they discovered it difficult to learn his well-disguised googlies. Requested to choose the particular dismissals from the event, Rashid stated, “Getting rid of Virat (Kohli), AB (de Villiers) and MS Dhoni was very satisfying. In fact, I consider them the best wickets of my career so far. They are really good players of spin bowling so getting them out made it memorable for me.”

The Afghanistan spinner had suggestions for fellow bowlers on how to achieve the T20 format. He stated the essential issue is to stay affected person and assured at the same time as batsmen dominate. “T20s is all about enjoying yourself. The more you enjoy, the better you will perform. The moment you let fear get the better of you, you are in trouble. After all, batsmen will always look to hit you and the challenge for the bowler is how to outsmart them. That’s why I enjoy T20s so much,” he stated.

Rashid emphasised that at such moments, the position of the captain turns into much more necessary and praised Kane Williamson for confidently main the ship. “The way he marshalled us was inspirational. He was always listening to his bowlers, offering us advice and seeking our feedback. He’s open to suggestions and that helped a lot. He also led with the bat, so every player in the team wanted to learn from him,” he stated.

With IPL drawing to an in depth, Rashid’s focus will shift to worldwide cricket with Afghanistan set to make their Take a look at debut in opposition to India on June 14. “It’s a big match for us as playing Tests is a dream for every cricket-playing nation. All of us who are selected for that match will consider ourselves lucky. After all, we will be making history. And, it doesn’t get bigger than the fact that we will be playing India in India,” Rashid said.

Arguably one of many greatest sportstar in Afghanistan, Rashid admitted that he does get handled on the identical degree that Indian cricketers are within the nation.  “As far as I know, after the President of the country, maybe, I am the person who is most popular in Afghanistan,” he stated shyly.

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