Former India opener Aakash Chopra has opined that Rashid Khan proved everyone wrong about his bowling with a brilliant spell for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tuesday. Chopra made his observations while previewing the SRH maiden win in IPL 2020 in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
He mentioned that people were in doubts regarding whether Rashid had lost his form as a bowler as he was not consistent in wicket-taking in the first couple of matches. Although the SRH leg spinner has put all those doubts to rest with performing brilliant spell against Iyer-led Delhi Capitals.
“The way this tournament was going and especially with Rashid Khan’s performance in the CPL, there were some questions being raised about Rashid Khan not being amongst the wickets and the team not winning, if batsmen have read him and are thus not getting dismissed and if he is going too defensive.”
“But in this match, he bowled really well. One thing was the ball did not get that wet, the other thing was the speed at which he bowled with all variations, flat trajectory, asking a lot of tough questions. I think he was absolutely brilliant.”
Importance of Kane Williamson in SRH
The former India opener also praised Kane Williamson for batting well on a difficult pitch. He stated that the Kiwi skipper should be a permanent team member for the SRH, considering his skills to bat at the middle order.
“It was a good change by SRH to include Kane Williamson. The special thing about his knock was that most of the other batsmen from both sides struggled on that pitch, barring probably Warner who was a little more aggressive than the others and a couple of shots struck by Abdul Samad.”
“And on such a pitch, a player comes and scores 40-odd runs in 25 balls including 5 fours, he doesn’t hit a six because it is not his game. But despite that, he does his work. Kane also provides SRH with the balance, so he has to be played if he is fit,” he signed off.