Why Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan feels he could go wicket-less in one-off India Test

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2018 | 0

If there’s one threat India will be aware of ahead of the one-off Test match against Afghanistan, it sure must be Rashid Khan.

The wily leg-spinner caught many an eye at the recently-concluded Indian Premier League, where he picked up 21 wickets in 17 matches at an impressive economy rate of 6.68 for eventual runner-ups SunRisers Hyderabad.

However, the 19-year-old is aware of the world of difference between the shortest and longest format of the game as he fears he might not be as effective in the white flannels.

“Being a Test cricketer is not a lot different to playing ODIs and T20s,” Rashid told PTI.

“I have done well in whatever four-day opportunities that I have got. If I make changes in my bowling thinking about the Test, it will not be good for me. I will bowl with the same speed I have been bowling so far.”

Rashid, who has drawn praises from some of the biggest names of the sport including Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, admitted that his patience will be tested when he marks his run-up at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

“I have to make sure that I don’t panic. I know there will be a phase where I won’t pick up a wicket for 20 overs. And I could pick up two in two overs. It is Test cricket.

“It is going to be a test of patience. There is a possibility that I might end up being wicket-less.”

The two teams are scheduled to lock horns from June 14-18.

 

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