Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has earned loads of praises from the entire cricketing world for his sensational performances in such a short career thus far. However, the leggie endured probably the worst day of his cricket career so far on Tuesday. Eoin Morgan and other England batsmen went absolutely belligerent against him and slammed 11 sixes off the leggie as he went on to concede 110 runs in his nine-over spell.
England went on to put forward a mammoth total of 397 runs on the board to bat Afghanistan out of the game in Manchester and the Asian side lost the game by 150 runs. However, the skipper Gulbadin Naib has reinstated the fact that Rashid is still their best spinner and claimed that he just had a bad day at the office. Rashid, however, was at the receiving end of some of the records. 0/110 are the worst figures for a spinner in ODI cricket ever.
Also, the youngster recorded the fastest ton with the ball going for 100 runs in 8.1 overs and it was also the worst World Cup spell ever. Not to forget that Eoin Morgan was dropped off his bowling itself and the England skipper then was on 28.
He’s one of the best spinners
During the post-match press conference, Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib spoke in the defence of Rashid and termed him as a star player in world cricket. He stated that everyone knows how good he is and it was just not his day. Naib mentioned that the team is not too concerned about Rashid’s poor form in the tournament.
As far as his performance in the World Cup so far is concerned, Rashid hasn’t been able to wield his magic. He has sent down 31.5 overs in five innings and has only managed to pick three wickets and the man himself would be disappointed with this show.
“He’s one of the best spinners, he’s a star player in world cricket. It can happen with any player. Everyone knows how good he is and how he bowls. I think it was not his day today. But it’s cricket, sometimes you do well, sometimes this kind of stuff happens. I’m happy with him. I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Gulbadin Naib mentioned during the post-match press conference.