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Playing under pressure is special: Rashid
By Mohammad Abdullah September 12, 2018
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Dubai: Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan, who was roped in by Afghanistan Premier League T20 (APLT20) franchise Kabul as their Icon Player, relishes playing under pressure.

Rashid, who plays in the different leagues, has enthralled the crowd across the globe with his spectacular performances all over the world. When asked how he manages to cope with the pressure of delivering in so many matches, Rashid said: “Pressure is always there. Playing under pressure is very special to me. I don’t take it, rather I relish being under such circumstances.”

“When you perform in such situations, it gives you a lot of satisfaction, motivation and energy. I just try to give my 100 per cent. I don’t think what people expect of me. I just do the right things,” said the leg-spinner.

“I don’t think that the team is depending on me or what people back home are expecting of me. I just focus on may game. If I think about these things, I will not be able to perform,” he added.

“I am young and fit and I think I can play through out the year with little breaks. I am focusing on my fitness more. It is very important,” he stressed.

Rashid is said to have the ability of turning the ball on the flattest of wickets. He plays for IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderbad. He played a vital role in their run-up to the final of the tournament in 2017-2018.

Rashid was one of the most expensive players of the IPL. Not only that, he was also bought by Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Quetta Gladiators apart from representing Marath Arabians of T10 Cricket League (TCL), Guyana Amazon Warriors of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Talking about his IPL experience, Rashid said: “IPL has helped me a lot. All the top players and top coaches are there. It is very difficult to perform there especially for the spinners.”

“Pitches are flat and it is very difficult for the spinners. This year, I had to work very hard. Moreover, the rival batsmen had done their homework on me by seeing my videos.

Rashid also expressed his joy over playing in a cricket league of his own country -- APLT20. Rashid was speaking on the sidelines of the draft for the APLT20 held in Dubai on Monday.

“I am very happy to be playing in the league of my own country It is a great feeling to represent your province along with so many international players and coaches.

“This was the one thing that we have been waiting for. All the credit goes to the board for arranging all the things in such a short span of time,” said Rashid.

“It is difficult to have a league in another country. It is really difficult to make it a success there. But we have to work as a team to make it happen. It will have great impact on the youngsters, especially back home, where cricket’s development will be kick-started.

“These youngsters will go back after playing with all the big international cricketers and coaches and they will play in the domestic cricket, which will improve the level of the game in the country,” concluded Rashid.

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