England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who was recently roped in by Punjab Kings as Jhye Richardson’s replacement, is keen on acquiring leg-spin bowling lessons from the team head-coach Anil Kumble. He also believed that playing the tournament in the UAE will benefit him ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Adil Rashid is set to begin his maiden IPL stint with Punjab Kings. The England leg-spinner had home unsold in the auctions, but was roped in by the franchise as a replacement for Jhye Richardson, who will be unavailable for the second leg.
Rashid now looks forward to playing in the league, which he feels boasts of the world’s best players.
"I'm really looking forward to it. This is probably one of the best competitions going around the world,” Rashid said in an exclusive interview to TOI. “You got the world's best players here. So, for me to be out here just to experience that and hopefully play alongside them. I'm really looking forward to it. So, it should be a good time."
The 33-year-old is also keen on learning from Anil Kumlbe, one of game’s greatest spin-bowlers, during his upcoming stint.
“100%. Kumble was one of the best leg-spinners in the world,” said Rashid. “So, I will be picking his brains for his experience and whatever he says about leg-spin will be valuable. He has been there and done that. So, I'm looking forward to interacting with him, and hopefully, I'll learn a lot from him."
Rashid, who is currently the fourth-ranked bowler in T20Is, believes that playing in the UAE in the build-up to the T20 World Cup 2021, will benefit him immensely for the marquee event.
“Yes, definitely. The T20 WC is just after this, so to be here now, to gain the experience of these conditions, the atmosphere, the weather, you know hopefully will put me in a good position for the World Cup as well," said Rashid, who has bagged 65 wickets from 62 T20Is, while maintaining an economy of 7.48.
The Punjab Kings, who are currently placed sixth in the points table with three wins from eight games, will resume their campaign against the Rajasthan Royals on September 21.