Rashid Khan says Afghanistan can win against any team in the World Cup

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We have showed that we can beat any side, declares Afghan spinner Rashid Khan

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SportsCafe Desk

03/19/2019

Afghanistan spin king, Rashid Khan, is highly optimistic of his side’s chances ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup as he declared that they have proved they can beat anyone in limited-overs cricket. Khan heaped praise on domestic tournaments like the IPL that helped him gain confidence over the years.

Rashid Khan has carved a reputation for himself in limited-overs cricket and developed into some sort of cult hero in India playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise. In February last year, Khan became the youngest bowler to top the ICC bowlers ranking in the ODI format which he replicated in the T20I format towards the end of the month as well.

Khan is part of a talented Afghanistan cricket team who recently defeated Ireland in Dehradun in what was just their second Test match as a nation. The SRH star ended the match with 5/82 as Afghanistan beat their fellow Test newcomers on Indian soil. The talented youngster reckons that his side is capable of pulling off shock wins against big nations and will definitely be a team to watch out for in the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup which starts in May.

"We have the talent and we have the skills. How we played in the Asia Cup was totally different and we showed that we can beat any side. The only thing is to believe in your skills. Just to be relaxed in big matches and enjoy your game. That's how we should be in the World Cup," said Khan in a post-match interview, reported AFP.

Rashid made his ODI debut in 2015 as a 17-year-old and credits domestic Twenty20 tournaments such as the IPL for developing his bowling skills. Khan has travelled the world to take part in Twenty20 leagues including Australia's Big Bash, the Caribbean Premier League, and the Pakistan Super League.

"The IPL gives you a lot of motivation. Once you play in these leagues, it gives you confidence playing with big players. And then you perform there on flat wickets like the IPL and that gives you a kind of satisfaction and confidence that I can deliver when I am on the national side.

"It really helps to improve your skills working with different coaches and players. Pick their thoughts and experience and that really helps you improve your game," said Khan, who cost Hyderabad $597,000 in 2017 and took 21 wickets last season.

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