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IPL 2020: This one's for you, dad and mom: Rashid

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Filed on September 30, 2020
Rashid Khan's three-wicket haul for 14 runs helped Sunrisers Hyderabad's post a 15-run win over Capitals. - IPL

Rashid said that remaining calm and deflecting the pressure helped up during the match against the Capitals.

It has been a tough period for Rashid Khan following the death of his mother a few months ago. He had already lost his father two years ago. It was a heartbreaking time for one of the leading lights of Afghanistan cricket to lose his parents at such a young age.

And after snapping up three wickets for 14 runs in Sunrisers Hyderabad's 15-run win over the Delhi Capitals, the 22-year-old leg spinner took the opportunity to dedicate his Man of the Match award to his folks.

"It has been a tough one-and-a-half years. I first lost my dad, then my mom three-four months ago. She was my biggest fan. This award goes to them. when I used to win an award, the whole night she used to talk to me. These are tough times," Rashid Khan said at the post-match presentation.

Rashid, who took his 300th wicket in T20s during the just concluded Carribean Premier League, said that remaining calm and deflecting the pressure helped up during the match against the Capitals. The backing from his captain David Warner, also helped immensely, he added.

"I don't take pressure on myself that I have to create impact. I keep calm and cool and focus on what I have to do. I look to do the basics right, and enjoy the game. When I bowled the first ball, I knew if I bowl quicker and harder, you could get some turn. Then you have to bowl the length, a bit back of a length. The captain always backs me, and he tells me you know better. So he tells me, let me know what you want. Only If things are not going my way do you go to ask the captain what to do," explained Rashid.

The Sunrisers made a couple of tweaks to their line-up with one of them being New Zealand batsman Kane Wiliamson replacing off-spinner Mohammad Nabi. They were a bowler light and needed someone to bowl four overs after Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

And left-arm spinner Abhishek Sharma did that well, conceding 34 from his four overs for no wicket.
"Unfortunately we had Mitch marsh injured, and we were trying to figure out how to get some overs in. The young Abhishek bowled really well. We worked really hard on our death bowling, and today (Tuesday) they were all fantastic. We pride ourselves on our running between the wickets. If we are not getting boundaries, we run hard," said Warner.

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer felt 160 was a par total but admitted that Sunrisers Hyderabad played better than them.
I think we were happy with 160 to chase. It was a par score. They knew the pitch better than us. They outplayed us, credit to them," said Iyer.

"It was really surprising that it played two-paced in the second innings. We thought dew would play a massive role and the ball would come on well, but yeah we can't give excuses at this time. We didn't capitalise on the ground dimension and take doubles. We will make sure we do when we play here next," he added.

james@khaleejtimes.com





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