Cricketing fraternity mourns Rashid Khan’s father’s demise
The cricketing fraternity is standing behind him in these tough times.
Updated - Dec 31, 2018 11:18 am
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:
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) December 30, 2018
Sorry to hear that brother.. keep strong..condolences to you and family🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/aJMh97wV29
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 30, 2018
Just learnt about the passing away of @rashidkhan_19 's father. (Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un) I am deeply saddened to hear the devastating news. Sending my heartfelt condolences to Rashid and his family at this very tough time.
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) December 30, 2018
May Allah blessed his soul. My condolences to u brother
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 30, 2018
Sorry to hear that bro . Stay strong , may his soul rest in peace
— Shreevats goswami (@shreevats1) December 30, 2018
Im so sorry to hear that brother,may Allah grant jannat to him and give sabar to u all…Allah kareem
— Sohail Tanveer (@sohailmalik614) December 30, 2018
So sorry for your loss, Rashid. Everyone at Sussex is thinking of you at this sad time.
— Sussex Cricket (@SussexCCC) December 30, 2018
We're extremely sorry for your loss, Rashid. The entire SunRisers Hyderabad family stands with you in your difficult time.
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) December 30, 2018
May Allah grant him high rank in jannah and give you the patience to bear this loss.. Ameen
— Umar55 (@mdk_gul) December 30, 2018
So sorry mate!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) December 30, 2018
We're very sorry for your loss, Rashid. The whole Strikers family is here for you 💙💙
— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) December 30, 2018
Our thoughts and condolences are with you and your loved ones @rashidkhan_19.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 30, 2018
MAY ALLAH Give him Place in JANNAT UL FIRDOUS Aameen
— Aizaz Cheema (@AizazCheema) December 30, 2018
Here for you Rashy. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
— Jason Gillespie 🌱🌈 (@dizzy259) December 30, 2018
Inna lillahi wa inna liayhi Raji’un.
— Imran Farhat (@imranfarhat1982) December 30, 2018
Sorry to hear buddy!thoughts are with you….
— Roelof van der Merwe (@Roela52) December 30, 2018
— Aftab Alam 55 (@aftabalam55786) December 30, 2018
its really Sadden to hear the demise of our champs @rashidkhan_19 father, May his soul rest in Janat Ul ferdows.🙏🏻
— Sharafuddin Ashraf (@sharafashraf82) December 30, 2018
— Gulbadin Naib (@GbNaib) December 30, 2018
With deep sorrow I have been informed that Afghanistan National Cricket team player and my dear friend, Rashid khan's father passed away. I would like to express my deep condolences to Rashid khan and his family. May Allah award his father the Jannah.@rashidkhan_19 pic.twitter.com/il3mfYt1Av
— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) December 30, 2018
My heart felt condolences Rashid, our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. https://t.co/uveF1BZNyn
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 30, 2018