Young Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is one of the finest bowlers in the T20 cricket at the moment, but the world-class spin master was not seen at his best in the starting matches of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing IPL 2018.
However, the 19-year-old has returned with his stellar form with the ball against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Thursday (26 April) with figures 3/19 in four overs to help SRH to beat high-flying Punjab by 13 runs inside 19.4 overs in Hyderabad.
He found his rhythm against the Mumbai Indians (MI) by taking 2-wickets, and his return to his form played a key role in SRH’s consecutive victories vs MI and KXIP in the tournament that saw them on the second spot in the IPL 2018 point table.
On Thursday, Rashid's array of deliveries was on full fire at home, bowling a conventional leg-break to make the victim in-form KXIP batter KL Rahul at 32 off 26 balls, and Rashid has termed it as his one of favorites.
As per reports in Times Now, Rashid told reports after the match, “It was tough to come back after those two bad games (against CSK and KXIP). It's a part of cricket, the team support was amazing, they just told me to go there and enjoy myself. I don't know (about the plan to bowl him after the power play), it's up to the skipper, whenever he wanted me to bowl, I was ready.”
The most demanded T20 bowler signed off by saying, “Getting KL's wicket was great, he's a class player, one of my favorites, the plan was to bowl wicket-to-wicket, mix up my lengths. It gives a lot of confidence defending small totals, with our bowling - we can defend any total, the guys did a wonderful job in the last two games. The fielding was excellent, but we need more runs from the batsmen. The wickets in the last two games weren’t easy, in the next few games; I think they will get more runs.”