IPL 2020: Anil Kumble was one of the spinners who inspired me, says Rashid Khan

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File photograph of Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan cricket’s presence in the worldwide panorama was subsequent to negligible lower than a decade in the past when the facet performed its first world cup down below in 2015. However, with the meteoric rise of leg spinner Rashid Khan at the worldwide stage has revolutionised the means cricket is checked out in the nation and at the world degree.

His continued success, together with improved batting performances, meant T20 leagues round the globe searched for the Afghan star to play of their league. Rashid quickly left his mark in Australia’s Big Bash League after IPL debut in 2017. The cricketer additionally not too long ago performed in the Caribbean T20 League earlier than reaching the UAE for the greatest home T20 league.

Rashid, whereas speaking to R Ashwin on his YouTube channel, revealed that after taking part in his debut IPL season with Sunrisers Hyderabad, he noticed scores of kids being inspired by him in Afghanistan. 

“After my IPL debut season in 2017, when I went back to Afghanistan and visited an academy. The coach of the academy told me that there are 124 leg spinners in the academy right now following me. That made me so happy and realise that if one academy has so many cricketers following me then I must be inspiring many more in the country to play cricket,” Rashid recalled.

While cricket has been a dominant sport in the country before the 21-year-old mystery spinner’s advent, Rashid said it was tough to find a role model in the country but likes of Anil Kumble and Shahid Afridi instil the feeling in him to play top-level cricket.

“It was powerful for me as a result of we didn’t have any function fashions as we didn’t have a crew that was taking part in worldwide cricket. Since childhood, I was a giant fan of Shahid Afridi and Anil Kumble. I cherished watching their bowling and I learnt so much by watching them. It gave me so much of power to have the ambition to play cricket for my nation,” stated Rashid.



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