“We are mostly joking during overs” – Rashid Opens up on Humorous talk with Noor Ahmad. Rashid Khan, who plays for Gujarat Titans (GT), has revealed that he often shares a laugh with his fellow Afghanistan spinner Noor Ahmad during matches in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 to make the young player feel comfortable.
In IPL 2023, Noor Ahmad, an 18-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner, made his debut for GT and had an immediate impact by taking 13 wickets in 10 matches with an average of 22.15 and an economy rate of 7.96.
During the last league game of IPL 2023, on Sunday, May 21, the teenager took the wickets of Faf du Plessis (28) and Mahipal Lomror (1), ending with figures of 2/39 as GT defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets.
Rashid Opens Up on Humorous Talk With Noor Ahmad
In a post-match news conference, Rashid Opens Up on Humorous Talk With Noor Ahmad. saying:
“Nothing much, we are mostly joking during overs. To be honest, I am just trying my best to keep him as cool as possible and not expect lot of things from him; make it simple for him. He is very young in IPL and has just started his career. Even during the overs, when I go to him, I try to keep it as funny as possible.
“Even off the field, we talk about the game, but we try to just do the basics right.” Rashid added, “Mostly, we just have fun – trying to discuss something in own language, in Pashto, just to make sure he’s happy and is having a fresh mind.”
In conference Rashid Opens up on Humorous talk with Noor Ahmad, Rashid had an impressive IPL 2023 season, where he took 24 wickets in 14 matches with an average of 18.25 and an economy rate of 7.82.
“I feel like every dot ball is a wicket in T20” – Rashid Khan
In IPL 2023, the “Impact Player” rule has made it challenging for bowlers as most teams are using it to prolong their innings.
During conference Rashid Opens Up on Humorous Talk With Noor Ahmad, Rashid agreed to the challenge and mentioned that, in the current scenario, a dot ball holds the same value as a wicket in T20s.
The spin magician went on to explain:
“In T20s, bowling in the middle overs nowadays, especially in this IPL with the Impact Player rule [is challenging]. What’s in my mind is to bowl dot balls and keep bowling my best deliveries. I feel like every dot ball is a wicket in T20.”
On Sunday, the 24-year-old expressed admiration for his teammate Shubman Gill and RCB batsman Virat Kohli for their centuries also During Conference Rashid Opens Up on Humorous Talk With Noor Ahmad.
“I am so lucky to witness two brilliant hundreds today [Sunday]. Virat bhai and Shubman, the way they both played, was unbelievable. Shubman’s hundred was great to watch. He has been working very hard.
“He has the belief that he can convert his 50s and 60s into 100, so he has been a very consistent player for us since last year. It was a brilliant innings and I am so happy for him.”
In the pursuit of 198 runs, Gill’s century outshined Kohli’s, as GT successfully chased down the target in 19.1 overs.
Hardik Pandya Fitness Update
Assistant coach Naeem Amin provided an update on the fitness of GT captain Hardik Pandya, stating that:
“Hardik is fine. He’s just a little bit stiff. Nothing to worry about. Hopefully, he will be fit and raring to go for the next game.”
During Sunday’s match against RCB, the Gujarat Titans skipper did not participate in batting or bowling.
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