England star Stuart Broad has leapt in defence of Rashid Khan who had a disastrous day against England. The Afghanistan star came into the ongoing World Cup with a big reputation. He was ranked second among the highest wicket-takers in the world over the last four years. His exploits in T20 leagues across the globe made him one of the most sought after spinners in the world. In fact, he is being widely credited as the one who led the revival of wrist spinners in international cricket.
However, all his reputation and form went for a toss on Tuesday as England took him to the cleaners. England piled up a mammoth total of 397 for 6 and Rashid turned out to be the costliest bowler. While none of his teammates conceded more than 9.5 runs per over, Rashid Khan conceded at a rate of 12. 22. He ended up conceding 110 runs from just 9 overs without picking up any wicket.
The first four overs of Rashid’s spell were not that bad as he had conceded 29 runs. As expected, Afghanistan hoped to get a breakthrough when skipper Gulbadin Naid handed him to bowl the 36th over with England well placed at 199 for 2. However, Morgan hit him for two sixes and a four to give a precursor of the things that were to follow.
In the last 15 overs, Afghanistan conceded 198 runs and Rashid gave away 74 runs of those from just 5 overs. The disastrous spell saw him creating four unwanted records – first spinner to concede more than 100 in an ODI, most sixes conceded by a bowler in an ODI, most sixes hit by a batsman against a particular bowler in an ODI and most runs conceded by a player in a World Cup game.
Unsurprisingly, Rashid Khan became the butt of all jokes on the social media. Most of the cricket fans used the opportunity to troll him and mock. However, Stuart Broad, who knows a thing or two about having bad days on field, put out a strong message to one and all who were trolling Rashid.
It all started when former England batsman Luke Wright slammed Iceland Cricket for their tweet on Rashid.
Rubbish tweet. Rather than trying to be funny why not be respectful to someone that has done so much for cricket and especially associate members 🤬 https://t.co/0z3F8KiS82
— Luke Wright (@lukewright204) June 18, 2019
Stuart Broad soon intervened and reminded everyone of the leg-spinner’s capabilities. Broad, who was hit for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh, wrote:
“He is a world class bowler & a delight to watch. Everyone has bad days in our sport”
He is a world class bowler & a delight to watch. Everyone has bad days in our sport
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) June 18, 2019