Neither his age nor his inexperience in the tournament has stopped young Rashid Khan from shining in the Indian Premier League. The 18-year-old leg-spinner, who bagged the purple cap for taking the most number wickets in IPL 10 on Sunday, said he will try to top the list till the end of the Twenty20 cricket tournament.
The Afghan teenager, who returned with figures of 3/19 against Gujarat Lions, has taken five wickets in two matches, thus becoming the leading wicket-taker.
It’s a wonderful moment for me to take this purple cap. Hopefully I’ll try to keep this with me right till the end.
Commenting on his bowling, Rashid, who bamboozled Gujarat’s top order said:
The way I’m bowling, it’s quite difficult for the batsmen to pick it. This is a tough track to bat on if you bowl wicket-to-wicket. I’m enjoying the experience here. I always try to bowl dots and build pressure on the batsmen.
Rashid, who is featuring in his maiden IPL said:
Happy to be a part of the Sunrisers. The coach and the captain have asked me to bowl whenever I’m comfortable. I told them I’m happy to bowl at any stage. I thought batsmen weren’t going to read my googlies, I tried it, and it worked.
Rashid, who was picked up by Hyderabad for Rs 4 crore in the auctions held in February, with Mohammad Nabi made history as the first cricketers from Afghanistan to play the IPL.
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