Sunrisers Hyderabad star bowler Rashid Khan emerged as the ‘Man of the Match’ after his scintillating performance in the game against Delhi Capitals. While collecting the award, Rashid got a bit emotional while dedicating it to his mother and biggest fan who died earlier this year.
“It has been a tough one and a half year for me, first my dad expired and then my mom (in June this year). And it took a bit of time for me to come back. My mom was my biggest fan, especially in the IPL and when I was the MoM, she would always talk to me through the night,” he recalled while struggling to hold back tears at the post-match presentation.
The Afghan cricketer also told how he did not feel the pressure going into the field, and bowling quicker than usual reaped the benefits on a slow surface.
“I bowled quicker today, when I started and bowled my first ball, I realized it. You need two-three balls to know what the right pace is. In these conditions, you need to bowl back of a length to the batsmen. “Warner always backs me and tells me that you know what’s best for the team. Only when things aren’t going my way I go and ask the captain what to do,” he concluded.
Shreyas Iyer applauded SRH players
While appreciating the opponents, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer said that his team failed to read the conditions well in their first game at Dubai.
“They outplayed us in all three departments and credit to them for that. 162 was a par score on this wicket. It was surprising, and in the second innings, it (pitch) was two-paced. When I went in, the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat. We thought dew would come on, but we can’t give any reasons at this moment.
“We didn’t execute the way we wanted to. A lot of learnings from this wicket and conditions. The things didn’t work out for us, hopefully, next time we can maximize the opportunities,” he added.