Asia Cup is all set to begin on 27 August, with the first match scheduled between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The tournament is being played after 4 years, with India being the defending champions. India are favorites to retain the title, however, this tournament promises plenty of thrilling matches. Loads of new talent and experienced players will take the field. Spinners will play an important role in this tournament as the matches are to be held in UAE.
One expects that this T20 cup is no way like the T20 World Cup 2021, where toss played a huge role in deciding the winner. Rashid Khan, the T20 specialist spinner, will be pivotal in Afghanistan’s success at Asia Cup. His spell would be match-deciding, given the record he has to his name. He has also been phenomenal in T20 leagues, and one expects the leg-spinner to up his game in pressure situations.
Rashid Khan revealed that he has been learning new tricks, but is still practicing to master them. His strength has been in keeping his game plan simple. However, with so much analysis available to the players, they have started adopting strategies to play out Rashid. He also pointed out how an economical over is crucial in increasing the chance of striking a wicket in the next over.
I Will Keep It Simple – Rashid On His Game Plan For Asia Cup
“I do try my best to have different deliveries. At the moment I’m just bowling them in the nets, I haven’t brought that in the game,” Rashid told ESPNcricinfo ahead of a likely return to Adelaide Strikers in the BBL. “The slow legspin which I have been working on, I bowled that a couple of times in the PSL and the series against Bangladesh [in February]. It went well, but still, I need to have more command over that ball where I can be more effective rather than be someone who gives runs with those deliveries.
It’s pretty clear in my mind that I should keep it pretty simple. I don’t think a lot about what will happen tomorrow, it’s about what happens today. One thing that is always in my mind is just to hit the right area consistently. I have control of that. As long as I have that in my mind, everything becomes so simple.”