Delhi Bulls' Adil Rashid with England captain Eoin Morgan after winning the World Cup. Morgan will also captain the Delhi Bulls at the Abu Dhabi T10. (AFP file)
Dubai - Taking wickets is the main thing for bowlers in any format of the game, Rashid said
England's World Cup-winning leg-spinner Adil Rashid is challenging himself to test the batsmen when the Abu Dhabi T10 gets underway.
The game's shorter formats can be bowlers' graveyard and the Delhi Bulls star knows he needs to be on top of his game to challenge the batsmen.
"Obviously, it's a challenge not just for myself, but for everybody that will be playing in the tournament," Rashid told Khaleej Times on Wednesday.
"It's a still a new format, T10 cricket. You know the batsmen take hard swing from ball one. The bowler has to find some plan on where to bowl. It's definitely going to be a learning curve for everybody involved. I believe there will be a lot of high-scoring games," he added.
So what can a bowler do to stay in the game in a format built to favour the batsmen?
"Taking wickets is the main thing for bowlers in any format of the game," Rashid said.
"If you take wickets, you stop the scoring. So the first and foremost thing is having the ability to take wickets. Sometimes obviously that will not happen, obviously the batsmen will get a hold over you, they will hit sixes and fours.
"But that's the risk you take. And each bowler will have his plan to each batsman. It's an interesting format of the game, I think both bowlers and batsmen will take a bit of time to get used to it. Now everybody is learning and looking forward to the challenge."
Rashid is hoping to have a memorable time with his new teammates and coach Stephen Fleming at the Delhi Bulls.
"The mood is good so far. Everybody is getting to know each other," he said.
"The journey starts now. We will be together as a team for 10 days and hopefully it will be successful 10 days as a team."