Shaik Rasheed Can Be Our Future No. 3 In Red Ball And White Ball Cricket – MSK Prasad Heaps Praise On U-19 Vice-captain

Published - 07 Feb 2022, 12:51 PM

MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad. Image Credits: Twitter

Former India chief selector MSK Prasad has said that the U-19 World Cup-winning vice-captain Shaik Rasheed can be the future No.3 batsman in red-ball and white-ball cricket.

Yash Dhull-led India won the ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 and vice-captain Rasheed played some crucial knocks for the team throughout the tournament. He scored 26 runs in the quarterfinal against Bangladesh, 94 runs in the semifinal against Australia and 50 runs in the final against England.

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MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad. Image Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, MSK Prasad said that Rasheed reminds him of Rahul Dravid. He added that the U-19 batter gives himself sufficient time to play the strokes, which is very good quality.

 “He can be our future No. 3 in red ball and white ball cricket,” the former India chief selector says of the Under 19 vice-captain, quoted by Cricbuzz.

“He likes to score in front of the wicket and bats late, giving himself sufficient time to play the ball. Those are very good qualities. What was most impressive was his temperament. He never looked rattled when India were under pressure,” Prasad says.

I need to improve my game and I will work on it – Shaik Rasheed

Yash Dhull and Shaik Rasheed
Yash Dhull and Shaik Rasheed. Credits: Twitter

After the U-19 World Cup victory, Shaik Rasheed said that he will have to continue improving his game to reach new heights.

“We have just won the Under 19 World Cup and we are over the moon. The victory was a tribute to the bonding among the players and the coaches have ensured we stayed here (in the Caribbean) like a family. My future… I will take it the way it comes. I need to improve my game and I will work on it,” the Andhra boy had told Cricbuzz.

India U19 Cricket Team
India U19 Cricket Team crowned champions of ICC U19 World Cup 2022. Credits: BCCI.

The youngster also talked about the time, when the Indian camp was hit by Covid-19 at the start of the tournament and said that he never thought he would get another chance to represent India in the marquee tournament.

“I never thought I had another chance in the tournament,” he says reminiscing the time when the Indian camp was hit by Covid-19.

“I had given up hope of playing any more part in the tournament. Regular testing and 15-day quarantine and I thought the tournament has ended for me,” he recalls.

 “At that stage, the support staff has backed us well, kept us motivating. We were in isolation and they would do regular video-calling and try to explain us to treat this as a brief injury pause and not as a Covid disruption. Coaches and VVS Laxman Sir would be on the call and they would tell me there is lot more to play in the tournament – quarterfinals, semifinals, final and all those games. They tried to instil a positive mindset.”

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