Updated on: Thursday, November 04, 2021, 10:50 PM IST

'Stay blessed spread love': Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan extends Diwali wishes

Rashid Khan | Photo: Twitter/@ICC

Rashid Khan | Photo: Twitter/@ICC


A day after facing defeat from team India in the ongoing T20 World Cup match, Afghan crickter Rashid Khan on Thursday extended Diwali wishes to everyone. The Afghanistan player wishing on Twitter wrote, "Happy Diwali to everyone around the World stay blessed spread love."

After suffering a 66-run defeat against India in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan said that the result would not affect them, and they are still filled with confidence.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul had played knocks of 74 and 69 as India posted a total of 210/2 in the allotted twenty overs. Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin combined to take five wickets as India registered a 66-run win.

"Looking to the wicket it's a wicket where you can chase 170, 180, but that extra 30 runs, it's always like a good -- like in India they have a big batting lineup so they try to use the last three, four overs, which they took the total to 210," said Rashid during the post-match press conference.

"Yeah, I think that was the kind of mindset of the players, that already the Indian team, they struggled in the first two games in the batting department, so we as a team just tried to attack in that department which they struggled, and if we have success we can be on a winning side. They played good cricket, and they just took the target to 210, which was on this wicket a bit much, like 20, 25 runs. But yeah, credit goes to them," he added.

The spinner also said that the defeat against India would not make a big difference as his side will be raring to go for the match against New Zealand.

"I don't think so it's going to make a big difference to us as a team. We know India is one of the best teams, but still, the preparation remains the same, the mindset remains the same and we know the process. As long as we keep the process simple, we know which process we come up with against any side, so we will just try our best as a team to keep the same process, come against New Zealand in the next game and play with a fresh mind. That could be quarterfinal for us, as well," said Rashid.

"If we win we know we have a good run rate so we could be the team to be in the semifinals. So just to go out there, enjoy your skills, enjoy your cricket. As long as you are enjoying I think there is more chances you could perform," he added.

(With agency inputs)


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Published on: Thursday, November 04, 2021, 10:50 PM IST