Cricketing fraternity mourns Rashid Khan's father's demise

Cricketing fraternity mourns Rashid Khan’s father’s demise

The cricketing fraternity is standing behind him in these tough times.

Rashid Khan's father
Rashid Khan’s father. (Photo Source: Twitter)

He is international cricket’s one of the shining stars in these times. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan although belongs to a country which is still making efforts to cement its place on the international stage, his individual brilliance has already made a deep mark. The fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in the ODIs, Khan has impressed wherever he has played the game and currently he is busy with his assignments in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.

But the 20-year-old had a tragedy unfolding in his life on Sunday as his father breathed his last and the cricketing world mourned his loss. Rashid himself posted a touching tweet on his personal grief and condolences poured in from the cricket fraternity for him and his family.

Rashid just started playing for the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL and picked up five wickets for the defending champions who have been struggling this year. This is his second stint with the Strikers after a productive first year when he picked 18 wickets to end up as the leading wicket-taker.

The young spinner is expected to fly back home to perform his father’s last rites and the Strikers are set to miss him for their next crucial game against Sydney Thunder at home on Monday. It is not known whether Rashid will be back immediately in Australia to take part further in the BBL and if he doesn’t, it could be a serious blow to the Strikers.

Tendulkar and Kohli: the two greats who overcame personal tragedies in style

However, there have been instances in the past when great players overcame personal grief to return to the game and delivered. During the 1999 World Cup in England, Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar lost his father and returned home midway but was back into the tournament after missing just one game. He hit an unbeaten 140 against Kenya in his return game. Similarly, in 2006, a young Virat Kohli returned to resume his innings in a Ranji Trophy game for his team Delhi the very next morning after his father died. He hit 90 in that game to save his team.

We don’t yet know whether Rashid will script a similar story of greatness but as of now, we extend our heartfelt condolences for the talented cricketer and his kin.

Here’s how the cricketing fraternity mourned Rashid’s father loss:

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