World Cup 2019: Mujeeb Ur Rahman is looking to use Ravi Ashwin’s tips in the tournament

Mujeeb said that after spending time with Ashwin in IPL 2018, he has considered the Indian as his mentor.

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ravi Ashwin of Kings XI Punjab. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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Afghanistan’s mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman didn’t have a happy IPL 2019 as he finished the tournament with just three wickets in five matches. It was an injury that forced him to miss a bunch of matches in the middle of the tournament. However, the 18-year-old from Khost will have a bigger role to play in his national team’s upcoming sojourn in the ICC World Cup 2019, which will be Afghanistan’s second time playing the world event.

They registered their first win in 2015 event, beating Scotland and will now look to bag a few more wins given that they will be playing 9 matches and have a Test status to boast of. Mujeeb after his maiden IPL in 2018, had said that he learned his bowling from watching the likes of KXIP skipper Ravi Ashwin on YouTube. Now, the teenager feels that suggestions and tips from the ace Indian spinner will come in handy when he bowls in the World Cup.

Ashwin is a great bowler, says Mujeeb

“Ashwin is a great bowler. His carrom ball is incredible and he has a lot of variations. I have discussed a lot of things with him and will be applying it in the World Cup. I have bowled there (England) earlier and am familiar with the conditions. If I manage to hit the right areas and stick to the plan that the captain and the coaching staff devise then it will go well for me,” the 18-year-old was quoted as saying by Business Standard.

Mujeeb said that after spending time with Ashwin in IPL 2018, he has considered the Indian as his mentor and also revealed that he will be using a new delivery that he has learned from the innovative Indian spinner. A shoulder injury hampered Mujeeb’s IPL journey this time as he missed a few games. After the comeback, he was torn into by SRH’s David Warner, as he registered figures of 66 runs in four overs, which are the worst by any spinner in Indian Premier League history.

Mujeeb about his injury said, “I had suffered a shoulder injury. Since then I have recuperated well and am fit enough to play at the World Cup.”

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