The ICC T20 World Cup will be up to the spinners, said Afghan star pitcher Rashid Khan, and said they can beat any team if they beat well in the centerpiece.
Since being selected by the IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad team at the age of 18 in 2017, the ace of the leg spinner Rashid has become the main wicket taker of T20 cricket during that time with 333 scalps and is sought after by franchises around the world.
Appearing in his second T20 World Cup, Rashid believes the spinners are still “effective” on the pitches at three venues in the United Arab Emirates, where the Super 12, semi-finals and final will be played.
“The conditions here are always good for the spinners and it should be the Spinners World Cup,” said Rashid, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
âNo matter how the wickets are set up here, it’s still useful for the spinners. The spinners will play a huge role in this World Cup. As we saw in the IPL, the spinners brought their team back into the game. I think it will be the same in the World Cup too. The best spinners will bring their team back into the game and win it. ” Rashid believes Afghanistan, which is in Group 2 with India, Pakistan and New Zealand, would need to do ‘a lot of work relentless ” considering all their opponents in Super 12 are “ good spin players ”. Afghanistan played 14 T20Is at the three UAE venues and won them all.
He pointed out that the stick will hold the key.
âAs long as you have a good total, if it’s a slow, slippery track, as a spinner that’s very, very helpful because you can show your skills there and you can get the wickets. In this World Cup, if you beat well, we (Afghanistan) can beat any team. ” His franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad may have finished last in the recently concluded Indian Premier League, but Rashid did not disappoint his fans, enjoying another great season with 18 wickets, the highest for a spinner with Yuzvendra Chahal and Varun Chakravarthy. Both Chahal and Rashid were in the top 10 wicket-takers, even in the 2020 IPL which was played entirely in the United Arab Emirates, as opposed to the tournament’s second stop this season. Rashid was good at cricket at home, but he never thought he would be one on the outside, let alone become the world’s leading teller in the T20s at the expense of chasing a childhood ambition to practice medicine.
Confined to his home due to strict instructions from his parents worried for the safety of their children in conflict-torn Afghanistan, then in Pakistan, it is within these four walls of his home in these trying times , that Rashid ” a real cricketer ” ‘.
âI mostly played cricket at home with my brothers. They were very competitive games and it was a challenge for me to get them out, to score against them, to win games. These moments made me a great cricketer, âsaid Rashid.
I was not allowed to go out and play with friends. My family said anything can happen outside, you had better focus on your studies, and if you want to play cricket, you better play with your brothers at home. , said he initially aimed to become a doctor. âI never dreamed that I would be a cricketer. Yes, I was good at cricket at home, but I never had that in mind – to be a cricketer, to play for Afghanistan, to play all over the world. âI always had in mind to be a doctor, which was also the expectation of the family, in particular that of my mother. She always said to me: we want to see you as a doctor. I was also pretty good at studying. ”
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