Rashid Khan, the SunRisers Hyderabad spin all-rounder on Sunday said that he can give his best performance with the bat in hand during the death overs of an innings. He has scored only 104 runs averaging a meagre 8.66 with a bat in IPL.
The IPL 2020 began on September 19 with Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians locking horns against each other. MS Dhoni-led Chennai managed to win the opening encounter by five wickets. CSK successfully chased 163 to win courtesy fifties from Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plessis.
Rashid Khan Hopes To Contribute With Bat And Will Enjoy Bowling To Virat Kohli
SunRisers Hyderabad will be taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening match of IPL 2020 on September 21. The match between both sides will take place at the Dubai International Stadium.
“I think I always have the thing in my mind, whenever there are three or four overs left in the innings, I think I can give the best performance with the bat.” Rashid replied to an ANI query during a virtual press conference on Sunday.
“I should not be thinking much about I can bat, I should just focus on what I can do in the entire match, I will try my best to do well for the team,” he added.
Talking about his battle with Virat Kohli in the upcoming match against RCB, Rashid said: “I think whenever you are bowling to anyone, you are under pressure.
Virat is a world-class player in all three formats, I love it when somebody like him is batting against me, it is the best competition and you want it as a bowler, I will enjoy bowling to him, it will be a proud moment bowling to him,” Rashid added.
The 22-year-old spinner also said that he has not developed any new deliveries for the upcoming IPL tournament and his focus would just be to remain consistent for the Hyderabad-based franchise.
“I have been working hard on all my deliveries, I haven’t developed any new delivery to a 100 per cent so I cannot afford to try new balls in a match like situation, I have been working hard, bringing new balls to a game would be hard for me. I need to be smarter compared to the last few years. The more consistent I bowl, it will help me,” said Rashid.
“Spinners will be key in this competition as it goes on, wickets might get better for the spinners as the tournament progresses, the grounds are bigger as well and that helps as a spinner,” he added.
Rashid Khan has played last 3 IPLs since 2017 and has picked up 55 wickets from 46 matches averaging 21.69. His economy rate of 6.55 is quite extraordinary and he tops the list of best-ever economy rate in overall IPL history. He is ahead of superstars Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath, Sunil Narine and Muttiah Muralitharan on conceding fewer runs per over.
Rashid Khan Shares Views On Extended Stay In A Bio-Secure Bubble
Rashid Khan was last seen in action for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 and he has to come to UAE from a bio-secure bubble.
Talking about his extended stay in a bio-secure bubble, Rashid said, “Living in a bubble is something new, it is a requirement, you have to follow rules if you want the tournament to go ahead smoothly, it has been tough as a player, you have to be strong mentally. It hopes that bubble life does not stay longer and we go back to normal soon.”
Lastly, Rashid was quite impressed by the crowd noise technology used by the IPL organizers and the spinner said that it will help players to remain fresh in the middle.
“Playing without a crowd was a bit tough in the CPL, I was reminded of club cricket initially, the crowd noise helps you on the ground, the best idea from the IPL organizers has been to have crowd noise to keep players fresh in the middle. The crowd gives you extra energy in the ground but we know they are watching us from television,” said Rashid.
Afghanistan leg spinner, Rashid Khan grew up in a war-torn Afghanistan and rose through the ranks gradually. Ever since his debut IPL season in 2017, he has garnered all the spotlight owing to his mastery with the ball.
The leg-spinner turned in a few memorable match-winning efforts in SRH’s journey to the finals the 2018 edition. He took 21 wickets and emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker in that edition.