Wizard of Spin Rashid Khan believes that more international cricket will help Afghanistan overcome the pressure of playing against big teams, following their 66-run defeat to India in the Twenty20 World Cup.
Rashid, on the other hand, insists that their morale is high ahead of their must-win Super 12 match against New Zealand on Sunday, which will determine their fate in the tournament.
India overcame Afghanistan on Wednesday, posting 210 for two and limiting the opposition to 144-7.
“I believe as a team, we rarely get the chance to play with them, against India and other good teams.” We don’t get that chance. “We only play against them in the World Cup,” Rashid explained.
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“It’s just that conviction. When it comes, I believe we can beat any team, but that will happen after we play more cricket with those teams.”
Rashid, who has played league cricket all over the world, including the Indian Premier League, was the fastest to 100 T20 international wickets in 53 games.
However, his leg-spin rarely troubled the Indian batsmen in Abu Dhabi, where he went wicketless for 36 runs in four overs, including being hit for two sixes by Rohit Sharma, who hit a 47-ball 74.
Sharma’s blitz, as well as his 140-run opening stand with KL Rahul (69), ripped apart an Afghanistan bowling attack that had missed Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s mystery spin.
Mujeeb has missed two matches due to injury, and Rashid has stated that his availability for the remaining matches is unknown.
Rashid stated that the team is optimistic about their final group game in Abu Dhabi.
“We’ll just do our best as a team to maintain the same process, come up against New Zealand in the next game, and play with a clean slate.” “That could also be a quarter-final for us,” Rashid said.
“If we win, we know we have a good run rate, so we might be the team in the semi-finals.”
New Zealand will play Namibia on Friday, followed by Afghanistan two days later.
Spinner Mitchell Santner stated that they are more concerned with winning their final two matches than with the net run-rate scenario.
“I guess it’s a matter of winning the next two games and we’re through,” Santner said.
“So we’re going to start by playing our best cricket in Sharjah and beating Namibia, and then we’ll see what Abu Dhabi has in store for us against Afghanistan.”
“We have control if we win two games.” I don’t believe we need to look too closely at the run-rate.”
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