Cricketers from associate cricket nations have had to grow up without a national hero to look up to. Afghanistan captain, Rashid Khan, faced similar problems as a budding cricketer.
Rashid, who is one of the top bowlers in world cricket right now, wants to be that hero for young Afghanis but, he had no national hero to idolize in his childhood. He had to find inspiration from the cricketing heroes of Pakistan and India.
Speaking with Ravichandran Ashwin in his YouTube show ‘DRS with Ash,’ Rashid revealed that he grew up idolizing leg-spinners, Shahid Afridi and Anil Kumble. The leg-spinner, who is now a renowned name in the world cricket, said he learned a lot by watching Kumble and Afridi bowl on TV.
It motivated me and gave me the energy that one day I will represent my country.
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Rashid, who will represent Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020, said his national side has the talent and skills to win an ICC tournament. Afghanistan only needs regular cricket against top nations for preparation.
We have all the skills, talent, and we just need to have that belief in ourselves that we can do it… What took us down in that Test (against India) was our inexperience against big teams, because we didn’t play enough cricket with them.
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He said that the Afghanistan team was focused on achieving its biggest goal, which is to win the T20 World Cup.
Rashid Khan, who will turn 22 on Sunday, made his debut at the age of 17. Three years later, he is the number one bowler in T20I cricket. During his 5-year-long career, the leg-spinner has played 123 international games across the formats with 245 wickets to his name.