The ICC T20 World Cup will belong to the spinners, Afghanistan’s star leg-break bowler Rashid Khan has asserted, and mentioned they will beat any workforce in the event that they bat nicely within the showpiece.
Since being picked up by IPL workforce Sunrisers Hyderabad as an 18-year-old in 2017, ace leg-spinner Rashid has emerged as T20 cricket’s main wicket-taker on this interval with 333 scalps and is needed by franchises internationally.
Showing in his second T20 World Cup, Rashid feels spinners are at all times “efficient” on pitches at three venues within the UAE, the place the Tremendous 12s, the semi-finals and remaining can be performed.
“Situations listed here are at all times good for spinners and it must be spinners’ World Cup,” Rashid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“Doesn’t matter how wickets are parepared right here, it’s at all times useful for the spinners. Spinners will play an enormous function on this World Cup.
“As now we have seen within the IPL, spinners have introduced again their workforce within the sport. I really feel that can be identical within the World Cup as nicely. One of the best spinners will carry their workforce again within the sport and win it.”
Rashid feels Afghanistan, who’re in Group 2 together with India, Pakistan and New Zealand, would want to do “plenty of onerous work” contemplating all their opponents within the Tremendous 12s are “good gamers of spin”.
Afghanistan have performed 14 T20Is on the three venues within the UAE and have received all of them.
He has identified that batting will maintain the important thing.
“So long as you could have a very good complete, if it’s a sluggish monitor, skiddy, as a spinner it is extremely, very useful as a result of you possibly can present your expertise there and you may get the wickets. On this World Cup should you bat nicely, we (Afghanistan) can beat any aspect.”
His franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad could have completed final within the recently-concluded Indian Premier League however Rashid didn’t disappoint his followers, having fun with one other wonderful season with 18 wickets, the joint-highest for a spinner together with Yuzvendra Chahal and Varun Chakravarthy.
Each Chahal and Rashid have been among the many top-10 wicket-takers even within the 2020 IPL which was fully performed within the UAE versus the simply the second leg of the event this season.
Rashid was good in cricket at dwelling, however he by no means thought he could be one outdoors, not to mention change into the world’s main wicket-taker in T20s on the expense of pursuing a childhood ambition of practising medication.
Confined to his dwelling resulting from strict directions from his apprehensive dad and mom about their youngsters’s security in a strife-torn Afghanistan after which Pakistan, it was inside these 4 partitions of his dwelling, throughout these difficult instances, that made Rashid “a correct cricketer”.
“I principally performed cricket at dwelling with my brothers. These have been very aggressive video games and it was a problem for me to get them out, to attain in opposition to them, to win video games. These instances made me a correct cricketer,” Rashid mentioned.
“I used to be not allowed to go outdoors and play with mates. My household mentioned, something can occur outdoors, you higher focus in your research, and if you wish to play cricket, higher play along with your brothers at dwelling.”
Rashid, who stepped down as captain within the run-up to the World Cup, mentioned he was initially aiming to change into a health care provider.
“I by no means dreamed that I’d be a cricketer. Sure, I used to be good at cricket at dwelling, however I by no means had that in my thoughts — to be a cricketer, enjoying for Afghanistan, enjoying all world wide.
“I at all times had in my thoughts to be a health care provider, which was the household’s expectation as nicely, particularly my mother’s. She at all times used to inform me: we wish to see you as a health care provider. I used to be fairly good at research as nicely.”