World Cup 2019: Need to show we’re not only good on paper, says Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 17, 2019UPDATED: May 17, 2019 11:54 IST Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan is keen on helpin Afghanistan shine World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRashid Khan will lead Afghanistan’s bowling attack at 2019 World CupAfghanistan begin their campaign against Australia on June 1Afghanistan shone in Asia Cup 2018, reaching the Super Four stage of the tournamentWorld No. 1 T20 bowler Rashid Khan has conceded Afghanistan lack World Cup experience but said that the team is determined to punch above their weight in the upcoming quadrennial tournament, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Afghanistan qualified for the 10-team World Cup after winning the qualifying tournament by beating the West Indies in the final. The Asian side’s growth in world cricket has been phenomenal and they will be participating in only their 2nd 50-over World Cup after their maiden appearance in 2015.Afghanistan managed to beat only Scotland at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and crashed out in the group stages. However, Afghanistan shone at last year’s Asia Cup as they finished ahead of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to qualify for the Super Fours.Afghanistan, led by Gulbadin Naib, will begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against Australia on June 1 while they take on Pakistan and England in warm-up matches.”It is time for us to deliver something. That will be the main target. We prepared hard for it. It doesn’t make sense that we are happy Afghanistan who got the opportunity to be playing at the World Cup. Our aim is we are not just going to participate in the World Cup, we need to do something different,” Rashid Khan was quoted as saying by The Advertiser.”We have the skills, everything. We won’t have as much experience at the World Cup as other teams but we have to take advantage of our talent and play well in a big situation.advertisement”We need to show the world we are not only good on paper. That was the plan for Asia Cup and will be for World Cup as well. We didn’t do well in the past under pressure but I think this World Cup it is about beating big teams and play good cricket like we did in the Asia Cup,” Rashid added.Speaking about the switch from T20s to ODIs after having played a lot of T20Is in the recent past, Rashid Khan stressed the need for consistency and patience. Afghanistan will play two ODIs in Ireland before their warm-up matches at the World Cup.Rashid, ranked No. 3 on ICC ODI bowlers rankings, has picked up 123 wickets from just 57 matches at an incredible average of 15.00. Rashid along with mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman have the ability to trouble the opposition batsmen at the World Cup.I will have more time to get a batsman out, switch off T20 and switch on ODI. It doesn’t need to change your skills or slower the ball. You need to be the same rhythm, energy, bowling and speed. You just need to be more consistent with your line and length,” Rashid added.Rashid Khan also pointed out that IPL 2019 was the ideal platform to prepare for the high-pressure situations at the World Cup. Rashid shared the dressing room with some of the best in the business, including India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Australia opener David Warner, England opener Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson among others.”It is always tough performing on that stage and a good preparation for me for the World Cup. We had David Warner, Kane Williamson, Bhuvi Kumar. Playing with some big names will give me courage and experience,” Rashid added.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly among 3 Indian commentators for Cricket World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 batsmen who can break Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old recordAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rashid KhanFollow Afghanistan national cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow IPL 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Sunrisers Hyderabad World Cup 2019: Need to show we’re not only good on paper, says Afghanistan’s Rashid KhanAfghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan says the team won’t be content with just having had the opportunity to feature in the World Cup but that they are keen on doing well in the quadrennial tournament, starting May 30 in England and Walesadvertisementlast_img read more

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