Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan praised Afghanistan’s historic 21-run win over Australia in the T20 World Cup, highlighting it as a crucial team and national victory, and credited the success to their all-rounders.

Skipper Rashid Khan praised Afghanistan for their impressive 21-run win over Australia in the T20 World Cup, marking a historic win for the team. The match saw strong performances from openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who scored 60, and Ibrahim Zadran, who added 51, helping Afghanistan set a total of 148 for 6. Despite Australia’s efforts to restrict them, all-rounder Gulabdin Naib’s career-best figures of 4/20 ensured Australia was bowled out for 127 in 19.2 overs.

Rashid credited the win to the team’s all-rounders and their ability to stay calm and believe in their defense strategy, even on a challenging wicket.

“Massive win for us as a team and as a nation. Great feeling. It’s something we missed in last two years. Really happy with the win and super proud of the guys. 140 was a good total on this wicket. We didn’t finish as well as we should have,” Rashid said in the post-match presentation.

“Opening partnership gave us best start. On this wicket, anything 130-plus, we were capable of defending it as long as we kept calm and had the belief. That’s the beauty of this team, having all-rounders and having options,” he added.

Rashid Khan also praised Gulbadin Naib’s excellent bowling and Mohammad Nabi’s key wicket of David Warner, highlighting their contributions to the win.

“The way Gulbadin bowled today – the experience he has, it came good today. The way Nabi started – the wicket of Warner – was also pleasing to see. It’s so important for us back home and around the world. I’m sure they’re proud and would’ve enjoyed the game,” the skipper concluded.

Afghanistan’s win over Australia has also created various scenarios for Group 1, where all four teams—India, Australia, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh—have a chance at the two semifinal spots.

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Last Updated on June 23, 2024

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