BBL 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers awestruck by Rashid Khan’s mental toughness
In the course of his tragic loss, Rashid Khan found immense support from his teammates in Adelaide Strikers.
Updated - Jan 1, 2019 8:12 pm
Rashid Khan’s meteoric rise to being the best bowler in the limited-overs format was not going to fade away, regardless of the loss of his closed one in the family. Adelaide Strikers, for whom the 20-year old has been the mainstay are in awe of his insatiable appetite to succeed.
The Afghanistan leggie suffered the demise of his father, who he deemed to be the most important person of his life. Despite that, Rashid decided to feature in the match in honour of his late father. However, he is yet to decide whether he’ll return to his country in the coming days.
In the course of his tragic loss, Rashid Khan found immense support from his teammates in Adelaide Strikers. The wicketkeeper of the Adelaide-based franchise Alex Carey was amazed by how the mystery bowler had performed outstandingly well. Carey also remarked that along with being the best bowler in the world, Khan is also a very good human being.
“He’s one of the best in the world at cricket and he’s one of the best blokes that I’ve played with. He’s fitted into our group amazingly over the last two seasons. He’s one of the brothers in our side, he’s one of the best players in the world at cricket but just the person he is – I don’t have high enough words for him.” the 27-year old said as quoted by Cricket.com.au
Rashid bags most T20 wickets in a calendar year
The win against the Sydney Thunder for the Adelaide Strikers, however, wasn’t easy to come by. There were hurdles, send-offs, and most of all some on-field altercations. The 20-year old picked up two important wickets of Jason Sangha, who he got edged into the slip soon after which Daniel Sams followed off his bowling.
In the process, the mystery spinner also reached a milestone of bagging the most wickets in a calendar year with 96. In this aspect, Carey was equally praiseful of him mentioning that he always puts a smile on his face along with his passion and energy inspires the teammates.
“I don’t have enough words to describe what a bloke he is. He’s played a fair bit of cricket here now and he’s always got a big smile on his face, which means a lot with the crowd as well, he loves the energy. I’d like to think that we’ve all welcomed him in here in Adelaide into our family.” Carey concluded.