Rashid Khan was awarded the man of the math for picking 3 for 13 in the first T20I against Bangladesh     AFP
Rashid Khan was awarded the man of the math for picking 3 for 13 in the first T20I against Bangladesh AFP

Rashid Khan recently made news when he completed 50 T20I wickets in the first match against Bangladesh. He took Afghanistan to first every victory against Bangladesh in the shortest format. Rashid has been the backbone of the team ever for a long time now. He is one of the best wrist spinner in the world and the best in T20 as Sachin Tendulkar reckons. However, according to reports in TOI Rashid claims himself as a finger spinner. Here’s how.

“I call myself a finger spinner, sounds unusual but that’s how I bowl.”

“I don’t use my wrist a lot in my bowling. I use my fingers as I deliver using the tip of my fingers. That helps me bowl quicker. I am a leg-spinner who bowls good wrong-uns,” he says.

Afghanistan is a terror-struck country and has come a long way through and it is cricket that is uniting them. Talking on that Rashid opened about how he did not receive proper training during his young days. He also revealed who he looked up to while growing up.

“Nobody taught me to bowl legspin and the wrong-uns,” he says. “I haven’t watched and followed anyone in particular. I just observed Shahid Afridi and Anil Kumble. I don’t remember the exact period but maybe it was five-six years ago. I still watch Kumble when I am free.”

Rashid participates in various T20 leagues all around the world. He last played for the ICC World XI against the West Indies at Lord’s. His tight schedule starting right from IPL has restricted him from going home. However, due to constant traveling he has gained fame and fans all over the world. He has taken Afghanistan cricket to a next level with his leg-spin.

“Last year when I went home after IPL, it was amazing. I really loved that moment when I entered my home and they started celebrating. Looking forward to some rest and hopefully I can go home.”

“My family is very supportive. I talk to them daily through social media. At least they are watching me and enjoying my game. This is just my initial stage. I need to focus on my cricket right now,” he added.

Afghanistan recently gained Test status and are all set to play their debut Test against India starting from June 14. They are currently leading the three match T20I series against Bangladesh by 1-0.