Googly just natural to me, says Rashid

Staff Correspondent

Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan participates in a training session at the National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur on Tuesday. — New Age photo

Leg spin is one of the most toughest crafts in the cricket to fathom and a young talented leg-spinner always enthrall the cricket lovers as it happened with young Afghan Rashid Khan.
The 20-year old leg-spinner impressed the local crowd in their first one-day internationals against Bangladesh and baffled out experience Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman with two ominous googlies.
Rashid was the pick of the Afghan bowlers as he gave away just 37 runs along with those to vital scalps and made life difficult to Tigers, who are accustomed to play quality spin bowling.
‘Googly is just natural to me, nobody helped me about it,’ said Rashid ahead of their second ODI, which will be held today at Mirpur.
Rashid, who made his debut on October last year and has been a regular member of the side ever since, said their team made a good home-work about all the Bangladeshi batsmen and found the weakness of Mushfiq with googly.
‘We had a team meeting before the match and we had plan for every batsman. We saw Mushfiqur Rahim plays slog sweep very well. Captain told me that if you bowl him googly that would turn a lot and it would be difficult for him to hit. That’s why I bowled googly.’
Rashid, a handy late-order batsman, who has the average of over 25 and strike rate of over 100 in ODI so far, hailed his coach and captain for allowing them to play positively that he reckoned helping their team’s progress.
‘Whenever we have a meeting the coach and the captain tell us to just go there and play positive cricket that we did in the last game,’ he said. ‘We played positive cricket and it was a close game which we should have won but unfortunately we made some mistakes. Hopefully we will do best in next matches.’
Rashid, who made a vital contribution for their famous victory in the World Twenty20 this year against West Indies, the eventual champion, thought that despite their heart-breaking seven-run defeat they would come back strongly for the second match.
‘We have done some mistakes in the first ODI especially in the last 10 overs we played some poor shots. But inshallah we will come back strongly and play some good crickets.’

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