IPL 2018: Rashid Khan among world's best, says Kane Williamson

Rashid Khan finished with 21 wickets in the season.

Rashid Khan was a match winner for SRH this season. (IANS)

Rashid Khan was at the center of everything that Surisers Hyderabad had to do in this season. He performed when the team won and unfortunately didn't when the team lost. 

Sunrisers lost the IPL 2018 final against Chennai Super Kings as the latter went onto win the title for the third time in their history. The Sunrisers bowlers had no answer to Shane Watson's brilliance with the bat at the Wankhede. 

Post the IPL final, SRH skipper for the season Kane Williamson has said that “He’s a world class player. We’ve seen that in this format but it’s great that he’s going to be play some Test cricket and I think is a challenge for anyone but an enjoyable challenge because he’s up there with the top spinners in the game,” Williamson said at the post-match press conference after his side lost to Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets in the final. “It’s always a pleasure to face him at the nets and against him as well in the near future. If the wicket’s responding, like any spinner that offers him a bit more. The full package (of) Rashid is great to have in the side.”

Next, he also praised Shane Watson for his 57 ball 117 which won Chennai the title. “I think from that point onwards, that innings of Shane Watson got them to play and anyone who turns out with an innings of 100-plus in the final, it was obviously a significant effort and great contribution to their side and very difficult to stop, so a fantastic knock,” Williamson, who ended the tournament as the highest run-getter with 735 runs under his belt. 

He ended his statement by denying the fatigue factor in the game given the fact that IPL requires constant travelling which is often taxing for the players. 

“I suppose it gave us the opportunity after losing a semifinal to them and get back in the final. It required a fairly long flight to Kolkata, but that’s the nature of it. Whether it’s fair or whether it’s a good thing to do to play an extra game, and maybe have some momentum, we couldn’t really know. I guess, it was nice to have that opportunity to still make it to the final, which we were able to do" Williamson concluded.  


By Anshuman Roy - 28 May, 2018

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