Rashid Khan, a bowler for the Gujarat Titans (GT), spoke about meeting his old side Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the second time in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL). The leg-spinner played for the Orange Army for five years until being dropped following the previous campaign.
GT’s only defeat this year came against SRH earlier in the month. Rashid has a 1-28 record in his debut match against his former side.
Rashid Khan claimed in the pre-match interview that his jitters had calmed down ahead of his second match against SRH:
“The first time I faced Sunrisers Hyderabad, I felt quite strange. I was just trying to concentrate on my game, but it was still on my mind. So, because this is my second time facing SRH, those thoughts are no longer present, and I will do my best.”
Rashid Khan believes that having several match-winners is a sign of a solid team:
Rashid Khan said: “Whenever multiple players can win the game for the team, there is a feeling of ease and comfort. It’s also a mark of a strong squad when they don’t rely on just one or two individuals all of the time. So far, we’ve won matches and games thanks to our bowlers and batsmen. All departments have match-winners.”
Many players have spoken about how the duo has fostered a positive team environment. Rashid Khan stated: “Hardik Pandya and Ashish Nehra have given the players complete freedom to display their abilities. Even players who aren’t in the starting XI benefit from the captain’s and coach’s trust, which is exactly how it should be.”
With the score at 196, GT was down and out, requiring 22 runs from Marco Jansen’s final over. However, Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan combined to hit four sixes, helping their team over the finish line and reach the top of the IPL 2022 points table.