Rashid Khan, Afghanistan leg-spinner, is celebrating his 22nd birthday today. The superstar leg-spinner is now gearing up for yet another IPL campaign where he will once again be a vital cog in the fortunes of the SunRisers Hyderabad.
SunRisers Hyderabad will kickstart their campaign against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday [September 21]. Rashid will spearhead SunRisers Hyderabad spin-bowling department but the superstar leg-spinner feels that he has the ability to contribute with the bat, especially in the death overs.
“I think I always have the thing in my mind, whenever there are three or four overs left in the innings, I think I can give the best performance with the bat. It depends on how the situation is, when I play the Big Bash, I have been told by the coaching staff as to how I need to go after the 15 overs mark. When you get such a positive response from coach and captain, it is really good,” Rashid Khan told ANI in the pre-match virtual conference.
“I should not be thinking much about I can bat, I should just focus on what I can do in the entire match, I will try my best to do well for the team,” he added.
‘It will be a proud moment bowling to him’- Rashid Khan on his battle with Virat Kohli
Rashid Khan vs Virat Kohli will be one of the mouth-watering battles to watch out for when SRH clashes with RCB on Monday. Talking about his bout with the Indian skipper, Rashid said he loves bowling to world-class performers like Virat as it tends to bring the best out of him.
“I think whenever you are bowling to anyone, you are under pressure. Virat is a world-class player in all three formats, I love it when somebody like him is batting against me, it is the best competition and you want it as a bowler, I will enjoy bowling to him, it will be a proud moment bowling to him. As a bowler, I will try to bowl the best deliveries.”
When asked if the 22-year-old has developed a new weapon in his armory, Rashid Khan responded in the negative, adding that he is completely focussed on being consistent in his bowling in IPL 2020.
“I have been working hard on all my deliveries, I haven’t developed any new delivery to a 100 per cent so I cannot afford to try new balls in a match like situation, I have been working hard, bringing new balls to a game would be hard for me. I need to be smarter compared to the last few years. The more consistent I bowl, it will help me,” Rashid added.