Rashid Khan once again delivered for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing match in Chennai against Punjab Kings. He ended up scalping only one wicket but was the most economical bowler of the unit. Ahead of the match, he spoke on the challenge of bowling in Chennai.
Rashid Khan on Chennai track
Rashid Khan has been a mainstay for the Hyderabad team in IPL for a while now. In what could be Hyderabad’s first win of the season in Chennai against Punjab Kings, Rashid Khan turned out to be as their most economical bowler. Ahead of the match, he admitted the challenges the spinners have to face tracks like Chennai. Rashid Khan told Matthew Hayden “It does sometimes, there is pressure on you as a bowler. You have to pitch in the right areas. When it is turning and you don’t pitch it in the right areas, it makes it quite easy for the batsmen to hit the ball. As a bowler, you have to pitch it in the right areas, because that’s how you can be more effective.”
He continued, “On tracks like these, you can’t bowl back of the length or be too full. Because if you bowl too short, it is easy for the batsmen to go on the backfoot and hit you for a boundary, and the same with the full length as well. You have to be accurate with your line and length, and as a bowler, it puts extra pressure because you don’t have any option and you have to be more consistent.”
Rashid Khan on strategy against Gayle
He spoke about his strategy against Chris Gayle and said why consistency is important against such a batsman. Interestingly Rashid Khan went on to dismiss Chris Gayle for 15 runs in the match. “No doubt he is one of the hardest hitters of the ball, someone who can clear the boundaries easily. At the same time as a bowler, when you come up against a batter like him, it is quite difficult to get him out. I am just trying my best to do the basics right, and bowl to him in the right areas. As soon as you miss your line against such batsmen, it is quite easy for them to hit you, you don’t have a chance to miss your line and length. You have to be more consistent against him, and that’s what I have in mind.”