IPL 2018: Kane Williamson feels very fortunate to have Rashid Khan in his side
Leading into the final Rashid has picked 21 wickets in 16 matches in this year's IPL.
Updated - May 27, 2018 3:42 pm
Rashid Khan was drafted in the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) last year and ever since he has turned out to be a fulcrum of the team owing to his sharp leg-breaks. The franchise has done exceptionally well in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and will play the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the grand finale at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Rashid has been at the top of his game throughout the season that has worked wonders for the Orange Army. The Afghanistan tweaker is currently placed second in the list of top wicket-takers with 21 wickets in 16 matches. The teenager also played a vital role in the second qualifier against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and helped his team recover from precarious positions on a couple of occasions.
Rashid an asset to have
With the bat, Rashid played a whirlwind knock of 34 runs from 10 balls and took his team to a respectable score. The 19-year-old came lower down the order and smacked four sixes and a couple of boundaries. With the leather, he finished with figures of 4-0-19-3 and also churned out some pieces of brilliance in the outfield. Quite expectantly, Kane Williamson, the SRH skipper, seemed in awe of the Young Turk.
“Obviously, left-hand, right-hand batsmen and having the ability to take it away from both of those players on surfaces that offer a little bit of turn is definitely an asset to have. We are very fortunate to have Rashid Khan in our team. He’s been outstanding throughout the whole campaign and hopefully tomorrow night he can do it all over again,” Williamson was quoted as saying in the pre-match press conference.
“With regards to our bowling attack, they’ve done an excellent job. There’s no question about that. We played on a number of varied wickets throughout the tournament and we’ve managed to adjust pretty effectively with Kane’s leadership with regards to how he used those bowlers throughout the 20 overs. We’ve managed to more often than not get it right,” he added while praising the other bowlers.