In this photo taken on June 3, 2018, Afghan cricket player Rashid Khan (L) celebrates the wicket during the first Twenty20 International cricket match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Rajiv Ghandi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun. / AFP PHOTO / Kamal Sharma
In this photo taken on June 3, 2018, Afghan cricket player Rashid Khan (L) celebrates the wicket during the first Twenty20 International cricket match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Rajiv Ghandi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun. / AFP PHOTO / Kamal Sharma

Dehradun : The crown prince of cricket’s slam-bang version, Afghanistan star Rashid Khan says he is prepared for the “test of patience” that awaits him in the country’s five-day debut against India, where all he wants is to keep the jangling nerves at bay.

The historic Test against the world No.1 side, which would be without talismanic skipper Virat Kohli, starts June 14 in Bengaluru. “Being a Test cricketer is not a lot different to playing ODIs and T20s,” the 19-year-old Rashid, the world’s No.1 T20 bowler, said.

And since he doesn’t see much of difference, Rashid said he won’t be tweaking his style of bowling at all. “I have done well in whatever four-day opportunities that I have got. If I make changes in my bowling thinking about the Test, it will not be good for me. I will bowl with the same speed I have been bowling so far,” he said.

“I have to make sure that I don’t panic. I know there will be a phase where I won’t pick up a wicket for 20 overs. And I could pick up two in two overs. It is Test cricket,” he explained.

“It is going to be a test of patience. There is a possibility that I might end up being wicketless,” he conceded.

The 10-ball 34 in the IPL qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders was without doubt one of the impact T20 knocks this year.

“I never thought in my life that I would be able to achieve so much in such a short time. It is like a dream,” he said.

And an extension of this dream has been the wholesome praise coming from legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, who called him the world’s best T20 bowler right now. “Sachin’s tweet was unreal. I kept on thinking for hours what to reply to him. I was really happy. Virat also praised me a lot and Dhoni also during the course of the IPL. It lifts your confidence a lot when they compliment you,” he said.

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