Rashid ded­i­cates award to brother

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD - HT Correspondent

Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad (SRH) would be thank­ing Rashid Khan for his su­perb match-win­ning spell against Kings XI Pun­jab dur­ing the IPL match at the Pun­jab Cricket Sta­dium on Fri­day. Rashid’s bril­liant display of leg-spin stopped the Shaun Marsh-eoin Mor­gan jug­ger­naut which was push­ing Kings XI to a suc­cess­ful chase.

For his ef­fort, Rashid Khan was given the Man of the Match award, which he ded­i­cated to his brother. “I would like to ded­i­cate this award to my brother,” said Rashid. “He has prayed for me and this goes to him.”

The 18-year-old Afghanistan spin­ner bowled four overs, giv­ing away 16 runs, and most im­por­tantly, grabbed Mor­gan’s wicket that tilted the match in Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad’s favour.

With Kings XI Pun­jab on a roll and need­ing 141 runs off 13 overs, Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad skip­per Warner in­tro­duced Rashid into duo looked un­com­fort­able against the leg­gie and Mor­gan fell prey to him when he was caught at the deep while on 26.

En­joy­ing his maiden In­dian Pre­mier League stint, Rashid, who has played 26 ODIS and 24 T20s for Afghanistan cricket team, said, “It was great to win the game the way we did.

“The IPL ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing been life-chang­ing,” he added. “Most of the Asian wick­ets are spin friendly, so it is won­der­ful bowl­ing on the In­dian wick­ets, that too with a leg­endary bowler like Mut­thiah Mu­ralitha­ran as the coach. I have been work­ing hard with him dur­ing the prac­tice ses­sions. He in­fuses con­fi­dence in me which mo­ti­vates me to­goout­there­and­give­mebest ” tur­moil, sees Rashid and off-spin­ner Mo­hammed Nabi as role mod­els.

“The whole of Afghanistan is back­ing me and Nabi,” said Rashid. “They are pray­ing for our suc­cess and keep­ing a check on the Sun­ris­ers matches. It feels amaz­ing to get such fol­low­ing. Our coun­try­men have been sup­port­ing us with all their heart and soul. IPL is con­sid­ered big back home and we tak­ing part in it is are mak­ing them feel proud.”

Rashid ex­plained what sport­ing suc­cess means to Afghanistan. “It means a lot to them that the play­ers of the na­tion have pro­gressed and do­ing well in a sport in­ter­na­tion­ally,” he said. “It gives the young­sters a pos­i­tive mes­sage. It doesn’t mat­ter if you are from an As­so­ciate na­tion, if you work hard in­sha al­lah any­thing can be achieved.”

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