Afghan foot spinner Rashid Khan, who is fast becoming one of the best players in the T20 cricket franchise, showed signs of improvement as a star cricket player in the ongoing Pakistani Super League (PSL).
Khan cast a miserable 1/9 spell in four overs and then followed with 15 of five balls to help his franchise Lahore Calendars beat Islamabad United in a PSL game Wednesday night.
The former captain of Afghanistan, who represents SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL and plays in various leagues around the world, said he was looking for gaps instead of heavy blows after feeding Lahore Calendars for a winning win over Islamabad United.
Khan hit three fours on the first three balls of the latter and helped his franchise score 16 streams from the latter.
“The plan with which I went to the fold, I thought to myself: I will not hit big blows here, because if I did, I could get out,” he said after the match.
“When I got there, I thought I’d just try to find some gaps here. The bowling alley was new, too. If it was bowling in my areas, my thinking was just to try and hit gaps.”
Khan had a bad run for SRH with the bat, although he was extremely successful with the ball, choosing 10 straps and more importantly giving way to running at 6.14 above.
“Definitely in games and situations like this you have to keep your cool. You have to stay calm. When you need six sixes, you have to do it. I only needed two correct shots here and you won the game,” he said after the match.
He recently said he was not interested in an Afghan captain in the T20 World Cup.
The 22-year-old has 95 moneybags in 51 T20 Internationals and has also taken 140 moneybags in 74 ODIs. He has also selected 34 wickets in five test matches.
But his greatest success was in the T20 cricket franchise. In 260 T20 games he has 361 tickets.