Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Image Credits: Twitter)

Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott praised opening batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz for his exceptional performance in the second ODI against Bangladesh. Trott emphasized that the more time Rahmanullah Gurbaz spends at the crease, the better the team’s chances of winning.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a sensational 145-run knock, leading Afghanistan to a comprehensive 142-run victory over Bangladesh in the second ODI in Chattogram on Saturday, July 8. The visitors became the second team to win the ODI series in Bangladesh in the last eight years.

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He Can Score Everywhere Around The Ground – Jonathan Trott

Speaking after the match, Jonathan Trott expressed delight with the opening partnership and said that Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran provided a solid start.

“He [Gurbaz] can score everywhere around the ground. He sometimes rushes it and thinks that every game is a T20. The longer Gurbaz bats for us, the more chance we have of winning,” Trott said.

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“I was obviously very happy with how [the opening partnership] was going, especially the shots that they played. It was certainly on a wicket where if you bowl well, you can create some pressure. It had a little variable bounce,” he added.

Afghanistan posted a mammoth total of 331 for 9 in their 50 overs after being asked to bat first. Gurbaz and Ibrahim added a record-breaking 256-run opening partnership. Ibrahim also smashed a century, scoring 100 runs off 119 balls.

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He Can Back It Up In The Third ODI – Jonathan Trott

The former England batter said that Rahmanullah Gurbaz should rely on his natural instincts rather than worry about technical aspects.

“I think it was about Gurbaz being as still as possible at release. Sometimes he is moving. Sometimes a player as talented as Gurbaz can get wrapped up in technique instead of just watching the ball,” he further added.

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“It is about making the game as simple as possible with the hand-eye coordination that Gurbaz has. It is about just being simple in the mind, technically as well. He has worked hard, so hopefully he can back it up in the third ODI,” he concluded.

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Afghanistan will lock horns with Bangladesh in the third and final game of the series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Tuesday, July 11.

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