Gujarat Titans (GT) stand-in skipper Rashid Khan played a stunning cameo in his debut match as the captain to help his franchise chase down a stiff target of 170 against the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
GT was struggling at 87/5 in the 13th over before Rashid and David Miller stitched the game-winning partnership of 70 runs. Miller finished unbeaten on 94* off just 51 balls and scored the winning runs with one ball to spare.
“It’s a dream to captain the team, and overall the win made it memorable. Special to deliver it with the bat. (When Miller walked out) We wanted to take the game deep. We knew we can get 90 in 7 overs.”
“We told David to go for it when the ball was in his zone. We have a good lower order that can hit the ball really hard. (One batter short?) The discussion was that I haven’t got to bat in first five games. I consider myself an allrounder, want to fulfill that responsibility,” Rashid said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“I backed my batting skills” – Rashid Khan
Rashid scored a 21-ball 40 studded with 2 fours and 3 sixes. The game-changing over came when Chris Jordan bowled the 18th over and Rashid plundered 25 runs off it. He trusted his skills with the bat and ended up turning the game on its head.
“Yes we are going one batter short but Nos. 6 and 7 and so on need to take responsibility and finish it. I backed my batting skills and had a got discussion with Miller. Stayed focused and tried to hit the ball hard.”
“(Jordan’s third over) That was the time I had to step up with the short boundary in play. Told him that if we can get 20 in the over then we can chase 30 in the last two. Luckily he bowled where I wanted it to,” he added.