T20 World Cup: Rashid Khan declares, ‘It should be spinners’ World Cup’, IPL shows spinners got crucial wickets’

Afghanistan’s superstar spinner Rashid spoke about the importance of spin in the T20 World Cup. He feels that spinners are always effective on the pitches at all three venues in UAE—Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Where the Super 12s, semifinals and finals will be played.

“Conditions here are always good for spinners and it should be spinners’ World Cup,” Rashid Khan was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“Doesn’t matter how wickets are prepared here, it is always helpful for the spinners. Spinners will play a huge role in this World Cup,” he added.

Rashid Khan spoke about the recently-concluded IPL 2021 where spinners brought back their team in the game number of times.

“As we have seen in the IPL, spinners have brought back their team in the game. I feel that will be same in the World Cup as well. The best spinners will bring their team back in the game and win it,” he stated further.

Rashid Khan feels that Afghanistan, who are in Group 2 along with India, Pakistan and New Zealand, would need to do “lots of hard work” considering all their opponents in the Super 12s are “good players of spin.”

Notably, Afghanistan have played 14 T20Is at three venues in UAE and have won all of them. He pointed out that batting will hold the key.

“As long as you have a good total, if it is a slow track, skiddy, as a spinner it is very, very helpful because you can show your skills there and you can get the wickets. In this World Cup if you bat well, we (Afghanistan) can beat any side.”

SRH might have failed at IPL 2021 but Rashid Khan emerged as the joint-highest wicket-taker with Yuzvendra Chahal and Varun Chakravarthy. He was also among the top-10 wicket-takers in the last edition of IPL held in UAE.

Undoubtedly, Rashid Khan remains key for Afghanistan. He has scalped 333 wickets across T20s since joining Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017.