IPL 2020: “He picks up wickets, creates dot balls. he’s on the target every single time,” Sunil Gavaskar said of the bowler.
Contrary to the common belief that the IPL could also be a batsman’s game, the league has proven game-changers for bowlers. Remember the year 2017, when a young Jasprit Bumrah castled AB de Villiers and followed it with an exquisite season in 2017, paving the way for his in India debut? Well, that’s precisely the quite thing we’re concerning.
The 2020 IPL has also seen some promising young bowlers rise to the occasion, with the likes of T Natarajan, Rahul Tewatia, and Ravi Bishnoi making heads turn, but even the combined experience of these three bowlers is tough to match that of Rashid Khan’s. The Afghanistan spinner proved his value another time on Thursday night, learning 3/12 against Kings XI Punjab and puncturing their chase.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar spoke highly of Rashid, saying that kind of performance is strictly what every captain wants his bowler to deliver. Crediting Rashid for his show, Gavaskar reckons the leg-spinner could also be a rare oddity in world cricket and that’s what makes him perhaps the foremost sought-after bowler within the IPL.
“You ask all the captains of the franchises, which is that the one bowler that they have in their team, I’m pretty certain all of them will say ‘give me Rashid’. I’m pretty certain. There might be the odd bowler who might get offended but inspect the way he goes about his job,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports during a post-match show.
“He picks up wickets, creates dot balls. inspect the economy – 3 for 12 in 4 overs. Leg-spinners generally bowls a full toss, a quick ball. He rarely does it. he’s on the target every single time, he possesses a pleasing, well-disguised googly which comes off the rear of the hand. plenty of batsmen find it difficult to pick. that kind of bowling, that kind of control, any captain will say ‘give me that bowler’”
Rashid credited the SRH batsmen for putting up an honest total and giving the bowlers something to work with. “That’s what happens once you’ve got an honest total on the board, the batsmen got to follow you. But you furthermore may have to bowl your best deliveries and that’s what I wont to be trying to undertake to. it’s a huge loss for us to lose Mitch Marsh and Bhuvi. As a team, we still have an honest combination and thus the kids are taking the responsibility,” he said.
“We have the only bowling combination within the last 4-5 years. it had been a simple plan for us, we had defended 160 on this ground, we thought 180-185 would be an honest score on this wicket and anything over that we were happy. We spoke about enjoying bowling and keep working hard within the sector, that’s something we have seen also from Priyam – the catch and run out – changed the game .”
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