IPL 2018: Sachin Tendulkar said Rashid Khan as a Best T20 Spinner
Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to secure their IPL final berth, this time courtesy the exploits of Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan. In the qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday, the 19-year-old played a cameo of 34 runs from just 10 balls to take his team to a respectable total of 174, and later returned with match figures of 3/19, to win his side the match. This effort from Rashid helped SRH beat KKR by 13 runs.
Always felt @rashidkhan_19 was a good spinner but now I wouldn’t hesitate in saying he is the best spinner in the world in this format. Mind you, he’s got some batting skills as well. Great guy.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 25, 2018
A host of other international cricketers too celebrated his performance. Sunrisers’ mentor VVS Laxman wrote
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Big game, and @rashidkhan_19 was simply outstanding with both bat and ball. Has been a wonderful journey for us on our way to the finals and I wish the boys give it their everything and enjoy the finals. #KKRVSRH
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 25, 2018
Irfan Pathan said,
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 25, 2018
What is noteworthy is that Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani too congratulated the youngster. “Afghans take absolute pride in our hero, Rashid Khan. I am also thankful to our Indian friends for giving our players a platform to show their skills. Rashid reminds us whats best about Afg. He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No we are not giving him away.