The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli undoubtedly is one of the greatest modern day batsman.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Rashid Khan has become one of the best spinners in modern-day cricket, and particularly so in the T20 format.
As SRH takes on RCB – it will also bring the mouthwatering clash between two of the best T20 player in the world cricket – clash between Virat Kohli and one the world’s best spinner Rashid Khan from Afghanistan.
Rashid Khan who has just returned from CPL 2020, he is looking forward to battle it out with Kohli.
“IPL is a different league [compared to CPL], different pressure. Playing against big names like Kohli and others is a big challenge. No doubt he [Kohli] is one of the best players in the world and you have to have the best ball for him, there is no excuse to ball bad.
“He’ll be back in the field after a long break, let’s see what his reaction is, how he performs,” Rashid said, during a media interaction ahead of their match against RCB.
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Khan has been playing in multiple T20 leagues around the world, including the Big Bash and the Caribbean Premier League, and performing extremely well all over. While playing for Barbados Tridents in the CPL 2020 last month, he also became the fastest bowler to 300 wickets in T20 cricket. He achieved this feat in 213 matches.
He has been one of the key bowlers for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last three seasons, and has scalped 55 wickets.
Keeping it economical is key in T20, says Rashid. The world number one T20 bowler also spoke about the importance of keeping it economical in this format.
“My focus is always bowling economically well for the team. When I bowl economically it helps the bowlers on the other end to take wickets.
“I concentrate on bowling dot balls and putting pressure on the batsman so he can take risks. My focus is the team’s requirement, what helps the team is important to me,” Rashid said.
Rashid Khan also said he has about five variations that he is uses to trick the batsmen. “I have 4-5 grips. I bowl them according to the wicket based on the reaction of the wicket. Those five grips help me to bowl differently as each one pitches differently.
“I keep mixing it up. I have those varieties and I need to use them well. I use my fingers and shoulders a lot to generate the pace.”
Having played a lot of his cricket in the UAE, the Afghan said that the spinners will come into play a lot more in IPL 2020.
“Spinners will be key in this competition as it goes on, wickets might get better for the spinners as the tournament progresses, the grounds are bigger as well and that helps as a spinner. Sharjah is a small ground but the wicket would be good for the spinners.”
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