Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi was in a cheerful mood after his team registered an emphatic 130-run win over Scotland in Sharjah on Monday. He also had some fun during the press conference after the game.
After entering the media room and settling down, Mohammad Nabi joked that interaction with the media is the most difficult thing to do.
“Sabse mushkil kaam hai bhai yeh [This is most difficult job to do]” he said.
Then he went on to mock his own poor English skills with another hilarious comment:
“Kitne questions hain? [How many questions are there]. 5 minutes mei meri English khatam ho jayegi bhai [My English will be over in 5 minutes].”
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It’s important to win at the start of the tournament: Mohammad Nabi
Afghanistan completely blew away Scotland, first with the bat and then with the ball. Najibullah Zadran, batting at number 4, top-scored with 59 runs off 34 balls, while the top three as well made significant contributions to post 190.
Mohammad Nabi highlighted that Afghanistan had decided to bat in the attacking approach on a flat Sharjah surface.
“It’s important to win at the start of the tournament. This was our plan, to bat first and post a big total. Both the openers started well, we finished the powerplay on a good note. The running between the wickets was good, we rotated the strike really well and Najib played well to help as post such a big total,” Mohammad Nabi said after the game.
When it came to bowling, it was a two-man show for Afghanistan as Mujeeb Ur Rahman bagged his maiden T20I five-wicket haul and Rashid Khan plucked out four scalps.
“The world knows we have some good spinners in the form of Rashid and Mujeeb, they’ve played everywhere in the world. We have a very good team combination. When we play the local tournaments, I, Mujeeb, and Rashid are the most expensive bowlers. Mujeeb is playing his first T20 World Cup match and he got the Player of the Match award, that’s good to see, it’s fantastic.
Afghanistan now have a huge net run rate of +6.500 and have become a serious contender for a semi-final berth. They face Pakistan next on Friday in Dubai.