Rashid Khan, who Sachin Tendulkar recently called the best T20 bowler in the world, pointed out that it’s his unusual bowling action that makes it difficult for the batsmen to read him. Rashid also hopes that Afghanistan can offer a tough fight when they face India in the one-off Test in Bengaluru.
Rashid Khan has made a name for himself in various T20 leagues around the world and has established himself as one of the premier bowlers in the format. He recently also got the seal of approval from Sachin Tendulkar, who called him the best T20 bowler in the world. The Afghan teenager, however, has downplayed all the fuss going around and has insisted that there is nothing special about his bowling.
“Nothing special about my bowling. It’s all about my talent and belief. Also, my bowling action and body action make it difficult for the batsmen to read (me),” the legspinner said in Mumbai, after receiving the T20 bowler of the year award at the CEAT Awards ceremony from Tom Moody, reported Wisden India.
In the recently concluded IPL, Khan took 21 wickets and helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to reach the final of the tournament, where they lost to Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets. He also scored some useful runs with the bat, with one of his most handy innings came in Qualifier 2, where he scored an unbeaten 34 runs off 10 balls.
With the historic Test match between Afghanistan and India coming closer, Rashid has insisted that playing India in India is a huge honour and it would be a proud moment for him, the team and the country. He hoped that they would be able to give India a tough time in their own backyard.
“Playing India in India is a dream for every player,” he remarked. “It’s a proud moment for me, the team and Afghanistan. Hopefully, we will be able to give a tough time to India.”
Khan suggested that T20 cricket is all about enjoying the game and the players should not let fear get the better of them.
“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,” he said as quoted by TOI.
Already a veteran of T20 leagues across the world, Rashid is easily the most visible and popular Afghan cricketer. However, he did pay a price of not being able to spend time with his family for plying his wares around the world.
“As far as I know, after the President of the country, maybe, I am the person who is most popular in Afghanistan. I have not been able to spend too much time with my family, finding myself with them barely for 15 to 20 days.”