Afghan star spinner Rashid Khan has revealed the secret to his success, claiming he is watching videos of opposition drummers to trick them into the game.
“I take the time to watch videos of all the batsmen I will be playing with in a match to find out their weaknesses and use them during the match,” Rashid said on Cricket Pakistan’s YouTube channel.
The cunning leg-spinner, in high demand in T20 leagues around the world, plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and has been signed on by Lahore Qalandars for the remaining matches of the ongoing Pakistani Super League.
In the matches he’s appeared for Lahore, he’s already left a big impact in two of them with the ball and the bat taking five for 20 in one game.
“I’m going to try to play with a good line and length, keep it simple and enjoy the game,” said Rashid.
He also explained how he treated bowling with the best batsmen, especially Virat Kohli, Babar Azam and Kane Williamson.
“Babar is a world class player, but I always assess my strengths first and play accordingly and that is why I take great pride in drumming videos,” he added.
“In my opinion it’s quite difficult (to say who is the best) but without a doubt Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Babar Azam are world class players. They are the kind of players who know their limits and their moves.
“They have a process to start and end their innings, which is something I really love about them,” said the Afghan player.
He avoided making comparisons between the IPL and the PSL by pointing out that while he had been playing in the IPL for a long time, he had only started playing in the PSL.
“I only played three of the four matches (in PSL) compared to the IPL where I have been playing for five years. I will be in a better position to say something when I play more PSL matches on different pitches and in the presence of crowds.
The seasoned spinner said he looks forward to playing a suitable bilateral series against Pakistan later this year in the United Arab Emirates.
“I look forward to this series and hope we see some good cricket,” he added.