Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, Farokh Engineer, in a recent interaction, seemed satisfied with the ‘health’ of Indian cricket at the moment.
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The wicketkeeper Engineer, who stood behind the stumps, keeping wickets for the famous Indian spin quartet, featuring Bishan Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, and Srinivasaraghavan Venkatraghavan, claimed the Indian Premier League (IPL) is helping youngsters to bring out the best in them.
However, in the recently concluded season eleven of the IPL, the likes of Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, and Ishan Kishan, made the biggest stage of Twenty20 cricket, their own.
Love his (Rashid’s) attitude towards the game: Engineer
“Indian cricket is healthy. I’m loving it to see Indian cricket in such a healthy condition. There are plenty of talented youngsters and the IPL brings out the best in them,” quoted Farokh Engineer, after receiving the CEAT Lifetime Achievement award.
Amongst all the youngsters featuring in the tournament, Afghanistan’s prized possession Rashid Khan impressed the 80-year-old former Indian cricketer the most.
In fact, Engineer went ahead and claimed that the teenage prodigy should be the next Prime Minister of Afghanistan.
Moreover, Rashid walked away with the T20 Bowler of the Year award.
“I love his attitude towards the game. He is always smiling and looks to be enjoying himself. I’m sorry, he didn’t enjoy too much yesterday,” said Engineer, the day after the grand finale of IPL, where Sunrisers faced defeat at the hands of winners the Super Kings.
In conclusion, Farokh Engineer praised the spirit in which Rashid plays, representing the cricketing culture in Afghanistan.
“But keep up that spirit. You’re a great ambassador for your country. I think you should be the Prime Minister of Afghanistan,” concluded Engineer on a lighter note.