With the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) past now, young spinner Rashid Khan has shifted his focus to the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. He will play a crucial role for Afghanistan who are aiming to ring some surprises only in the second campaign. He has recently disclosed his plans against arguably the best batsman in the World Cup, Virat Kohli.

The top-ranked T20I bowler was at his usual best in the second half of the tournament after struggling to pick wickets initially. The teams have made a well-thought-out plan to negate Rashid Khan’s four overs without giving him a wicket. Despite that, the young spinner has 17 wickets to his name from 15 matches. Notable, he boasts a good economy-rate of 6.38 which shows how economical he was throughout the tournament.

In the Eliminator against Delhi Capitals, the scorecard reads two for 15 in four over’s beside Rashid Khan’s name. His two crucial strikes in the 15th over almost changed the course of the game before Rishabh Pant played a binder. However, the Afghan spinner has now set his eyes on the biggest stage to make a mark for himself. Speaking about his plans against Virat Kohli, Rashid said that he will have to ensure that every ball has to be a good one.

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2018
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“There is no shot that he [Kohli] can’t play and I haven’t seen a weak point as such. He has been the most consistent batsman in the last few years. Being a spinner, I just need to ensure that every delivery is a good one, that’s the only plan you can have against him,” Rashid said to Sportstar.

In conclusion, Rashid Khan admitted that they are not only going to England to participate in the World Cup. The young leg-spinner said that they will be desperate to make a mark when they begin World Cup campaign on June 1 against Australia at Bristol.