After helping England inflict an amazing Sri Lankan collapse from 173 for 1 to 240 all out on Day 2 of the third Test with a fantastic spell of 5/49, Adil Rashid assessed his performance and felt that this is probably the best that the wrist-spinner has bowled at the highest level.
"Was it the best I've bowled? Maybe. I felt good. It was a nice feeling to get my best figures. The key was going out with a positive mindset, bowling my variations, playing to my strengths, mixing up the pace," Rashid said at the end of the day's play, "Changing pace can be challenging but you've just got to make sure you do the practice. For me it's about trying to be positive and also attacking."
"It was a great game, a great comeback by us. They got off to a great start but we always have belief in ourselves. We kept it simple and rewards came," he added.
In quest to overhaul England's first innings total of 336, Sri Lanka looked really good at 173/1 with Dimuth Karunaratne(83) and Dhananjaya de Silva(73) leading the way but then, Rashid along with Ben Stokes, who got three wickets, helped the visitors bounce back tremendously and pushed the Joe Root led side towards a 96-run massive lead.
"Stokesy is a match-winner,” Rashid reiterated, "We had a set plan together and it worked well there. Credit to Stokesy, he put in a lot of work out there."
"We're enjoying being a three-man spin attack. If something isn't working for one of us, we can go off for five or six overs and then come back on," he signed off.
(Inputs from CricketNext)