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Why Rashid Khan is not getting many wickets this IPL

Source: PTI
May 07, 2022 12:00 IST
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'I always focus on economy and that is something which puts pressure on the batters.'

Rashid Khan

IMAGE: Gujarat Titans spinner Rashid Khan celebrates the wicket of Mumbai Indians batter Kieron Pollard during the IPL match at the Brabourne Stadium, in Mumbai, on Friday. Photograph: BCCI

Rashid Khan is enduring an ordinary IPL this season with the ball in terms of wickets, but the Gujarat Titans spinner is not too bothered about the scalps as long as he can produce economical spells for his team.

 

The spinner has so far claimed 11 wickets from as many games, at an economy rate of 6.84, figures that definitely won't please him much.

But the star Afghan cricketer has taken it in stride.

"While bowling in T20s it's always great to take wickets. but for me it's a bit different because I always focus on economy and that is something which puts pressure on the batters," said Rashid, at the post-match virtual press conference after Gujarat Titans lost to Mumbai Indians by five runs, at the Brabourne Stadium, in Mumbai, on Friday.

"But, definitely, compared to other IPLs got less wickets this year. In a couple of games I didn't bowl as good as I should have. But that's T20, there is so much for you to learn."

Rashid had a good game against Mumbai Indians, picking up 2 for 24 besides taking three catches, but it was not to be the Titans’ day, as, needing nine runs in the final over, they failed to pull off the chase.

"Hardik and (Rahul) Tewatia's run-outs were the game changers. That is the beauty of T20; sometimes you can score 9 off 2 balls and sometimes you fail in scoring 9 off 6 balls," Rashid said.

"There is a lot to learn… not to repeat the negative things which we did in the last few games."

Mumbai Indians pacer Daniel Sams, who defended nine runs in the last over, said he was just trying to bowl his best.

"I was looking to bowl my best balls in the final overs, kind a change the length a little bit, keep the ball away and bowl nice and slow and got a little bit of dip.

"For me it was a good time to reflect on my performances, what I do really well and execute those on the ground," said Sams, who finished with figures of 0/18 from his three overs.

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