Last Update on: June 9th, 2019 at 04:03 pm
Afghanistan sustained their third defeat of the ICC World Cup 2019 going down by seven wickets against New Zealand at Taunton. Meanwhile, the Afghans received a massive blow when their star player Rashid Khan copped up a blow on the head from Lockie Ferguson. He failed two tests of concussions and didn’t take any further part of the game. However, skipper Gulbadin Naib assured that the young cricketer is doing fine now and will visit the hospital for a few tests.
Gulbadin Naib drops update on Rashid’s injury
Meanwhile, the incident took place in the 34th over of the match when Lockie Ferguson bowled a short pitch delivery at 138 kmph. Rashid Khan ducks to it after committing onto the front foot but seeing the ball not rising as expected, he tried to fend the ball with the bat only to cop a blow on the helmet. Such was the pace that carries it the ball onto the stumps to dislodge the bails.
Initially, there were reports that Rashid Khan might have failed a concussion test, but reports later emerged that not letting Rashid on the ground was a precautionary measure undertaken by Afghanistan. Gulbadin Naib also assured that the young spin prodigy is doing fine and will go to the hospitals for some test. Afghanistan next play South Africa on June 15 and have almost a week for Rashid to regain fitness.
“He’s feeling now better. If you have a ball bowled at 140-plus kmph hit you, it obviously realise something. The doctor said don’t go to the field but now he’s feeling well. So he needed rest. So obviously we have a couple of days. He’s fine now,” Naib told reporters. “I asked the physio if he needed rest; he had some headache. We have a rest of one week before the next game. So now he’s feeling well. He should go to the hospital and check for some tests,” he added.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan suffered a seven-wicket thrashing in the match against New Zealand in absence of Rashid Khan’s bowling. Kane Williamson led the charge with an unbeaten knock of 79 runs while Ross Taylor chipped in with 48 runs to seal the tie.