Afghanistan bowler Rashid Khan is very eagerly waiting to play in the Indian Premier League, commencing from April 5 where he will play for defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also, he is very excited to share the dressing room with his childhood hero Yuvraj Singh.
He is in between of the best time of his life as nothing has gone against him since last three months. It all started with a mind-blowing amount in IPL auction, where SRH bagged him for ₹ 4 crores alongside with his national teammate Mohammad Nabi for ₹ 50 lakhs.
“A lot has happened over the last three months. It has been enjoyable,” he said.
The 18-year-old will share the dressing room with Yuvraj Singh, David Warner and Kane Williamson, which he feels that it will take some time to sink in. “IPL is the biggest league in the world, much bigger than playing associate cricket. I have started working harder ever since the IPL auction. It feels unreal that I will be sharing the dressing room with the players, I have grown up watching on television,” he noted.
He revealed one big name for whom is very keen to meet. “I have been a huge Yuvraj fan since childhood. I really like his aggressive style. Hopefully, I will get to spend time with him and get an insight into his cricketing knowledge,” Rashid said.
“It will also be very special to be with support staff comprising former players like Tom Moody, VVS Laxman and Muttiah Muralitharan. I spoke to Moody sir after the auction. He welcomed me into the squad.”
Khan is spinning the web around batsmen in his own style. He registered sensational figures of 2-1-3-5 in the second T20I against Ireland at Greater Noida and followed it up with a triple wicket over in the next game. In the One-Day International series, he started with a four-for and then picked the career best figures of 6/43. However, Rashid went wicketless in the third ODI and his team lost this match as well, their first defeat on this tour. It shows his importance in Afghanistan team.
Leg-spinner was playing in Zimbabwe on the day of auction and he reveals that was shocked when Imran Tahir remained unsold. “I thought if a bowler like Imran Tahir went unsold, I had no chance. But then luck was on my side and the bidding ended where no one would have thought,” Rashid added.
“We (Afghan cricketers) were just hoping to get into IPL to be honest. The price tag was not in our minds at all. It is also great that Nabi will get to play for the same franchise," says the path-breaker, who is looking forward to extract maximum out of his maiden experience, irrespective of whether he gets to play or not.”
He is busy with his team since last three months and is yet to think about what he will do with such a big amount. “Only when I get back home, I can figure what to do with the money,” he concluded.