You Can't Look Beyond Rashid Khan in T20 Cricket: Graeme Swann

You Can’t Look Beyond Rashid Khan in T20 Cricket: Graeme Swann

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Rashid Khan. Credit: Getty Images

Graeme Swann, the former English cricketer, has shared high praise for the young Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Meanwhile, Rashid is at the pick of his career in the shortest format of the game. He is also at the pinnacle of T20 Rankings among the bowlers.

Swann noted that there are no other bowlers as of now to take a look away from the Afghanistan leg-spinner. The talismanic wicket-taker also want Rashid to be successful in Test cricket.

”In T20s you can’t look beyond Rashid Khan. He has a fast arm, great googly and is a brilliant story as well. Rashid is just a very exciting cricketer. I would love to see him be successful in Tests as well, as and when he gets to play regularly,” Graeme Swann said.

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Spinners need variations to succeed

Graeme Swann feels the bowler should have the variations in their arsenal to be successful in the international scenario.

”But you need variations, don’t you? I didn’t have a doosra and I used to bowl with a straighter arm, but I used to vary the spin and pace. Spin bowling is also a lot about bravado. I was good at that,” Swann quoted.

Furthermore, he spoke about how bowling ‘Doosra’ is getting faded away from the game of cricket with the emergence of the 15-degree rule.

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Rashid Khan is the best T20I bowler in the world currently. Credit: BCCI

Personally, Graeme Swann feels the rule not to cross 15 degrees is a fair enough mandatory.

”No doosra can’t be bowled without bending the arm, but I won’t give you a headline saying that all doosra bowlers chuck. But since that 15-degree rule came in the doosra bowlers disappeared from the game and that tells the story. But I feel there should be no bend in the arm at all, it should be ramrod straight,” he concluded.


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