Karachi: Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan recalled how then national team’s head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq picked him to play based on only one ball he bowled to him at the nets.
The 22-year-old Rashid made his debut in 2015 on the tour of Zimbabwe. He was picked for the T20I series only, however, three balls to Inzamam before the second ODI, changed Inzamam’s perception regarding him.
“In the practice session (before the 2nd ODI), Inzamam himself padded up and said he wanted to face me himself. Rashid said in a video released by the ESPNCricinfo.
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“You know how strong he is with the cut shot. The first two balls I bowled, he cut. So I thought I will bowl a wrong ‘un from the same spot, let’s see what happens. He didn’t get out but the ball beat him,” Rashid added.
“At that point itself he came outside the net and told me, ‘Be ready for the match tomorrow, you will be part of the team’,” he maintained.
Note, Rashid has played four Tests, 74 ODIs and 48 T20Is for Afghanistan. He has over 250+ wickets in international cricket. He was awarded ICC T20I player of the decade too recently.