Rediff.com  » Cricket » Rashid remembers late mother after match-winning show

Rashid remembers late mother after match-winning show

Source: PTI
Last updated on: September 30, 2020 01:17 IST
Get Rediff News in your Inbox:

'My mom was my biggest fan, especially in the IPL.'

- SCORECARD

Rashid Khan with the man of the match award after his fine bowling against Delhi Capitals in the IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

IMAGE: SunRisers Hyderabad spinner Rashid Khan with the man of the match award after his fine spell against Delhi Capitals in the IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

SunRisers Hyderabad's main strike bowler Rashid Khan struggled to hold back tears, dedicating his ‘Man of the match’ performance against Delhi Capitals in Tuesday’s IPL match, in Abu Dhabi, to his mother and biggest fan, who passed away earlier this year.

 

The Afghanistan spinner’s triple strike made all the difference, allowing Sunrisers to defend 162 for their first victory in this IPL season.

"It has been a tough one-and-a-half year for me; first my dad expired and then my mom (in June this year). And it took a bit of time for me to come back. My mom was my biggest fan, especially in the IPL, and when I was the Man of the match she would always talk to me through the night," said an emotional Rashid at the post match presentation.

Rashid said he did not feel the pressure going into the field and reaped the benefits of bowling quicker than usual on a slow surface.

"I bowled quicker today; when I started and bowled my first ball, I realized it. You need two-three balls to know what the right pace is. In these conditions you need to bowl back of a length to the batsmen.

"(David) Warner always backs me and tells me that you know what's best for the team. Only when things aren't going my way I go and ask the captain what to do."

Losing skipper Shreyas Iyer said his team did not read the conditions well in their first game in Dubai.

"They outplayed us in all three departments and credit to them for that. 162 was a par score on this wicket. It was surprising and in the second innings, it (pitch) was two-paced. When I went in, the ball wasn't coming onto the bat. We thought dew would come on, but we can't give any reasons at this moment," he said.

"We didn't execute the way we wanted to. Lot of learnings from this wicket and conditions. Ricky (coach Ponting) went in (during the strategic timeout to talk to the batsmen) and we needed one batsman to take a chance as the required rate was pretty high.

"The ground is very big and we didn't capitalize on taking doubles. We knew boundaries are big here and doubles will be key for us. It didn't work out for us, hopefully next time we can maximize the opportunities."

Get Rediff News in your Inbox:
Source: PTI© Copyright 2020 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
SHARE THIS STORYCOMMENT

IPL 2020

IPL 2020