Under Hardik Pandya, the IPL debutants Gujarat Titans ticked all the boxes and found a new match winner in nearly every game en route to the title. Their attacking pace included the likes of Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson, while Rashid Khan was the execution head of the spin department, dealing maximum damage in the middle and death. The Afghan superstar has also contributed with the bat on several occasions. Along with his quick googlies and variations, Rashid produced a magnificent striking display in the final over, as he looted point guard Marco Jansen for three sixes to seal a memorable victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Rashid is no stranger to hitting big sixes and he revealed how the legendary Inzamam-ul-Haq wanted him to bat at No. 4 for Afghanistan. The leggie said Inzamam, former head coach of the Afghanistan national team, promoted him to No.5 in their game against England in the 2016 World T20. He scored 15 out of 20 deliveries.
“Inzamam-ul-Haq was our head coach when I came to the team. During the T20 World Cup in 2016, he told me he wanted me to beat at number 4 for Afghanistan in the next two or three years.” Rashid said of Sawera Pasha Youtube channel.
“He told me I had the talent and the skills and it was just a matter of development. It gave me a lot of confidence. He even promoted me to number 5 immediately after that against England “, he added.
Rashid further talked about honing his batting skills which instilled a lot of confidence in him. He will be among Afghanistan’s key players for the upcoming T20 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. His experience of playing in the global T20 leagues including the IPL will be a huge plus for the Afghan team led by Mohammad Nabi.
“I started to feel like I could chase 25-30 runs for the team in the finals. I was always told I had the ability, but it’s just that I need the confidence.
“I didn’t have a lot of chances to hit the net earlier so I started to just focus on my bowling game. I’ve had a chance to work on my stick for the last two years while playing in the T20 leagues. I’ve made it clear to the teams now that they can see me as a versatile player,” the 23-year-old said.
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