Adil Rashid hopes to have more opportunities as a new bowler at Twenty20 cricket after silencing 67,000 Indian supporters.
England’s eight-field victory on Friday was Rashid’s first time opening the bowling alley in international cricket and the tactic paid off. His elimination of Virat Kohli by a fifth-ball duck was one of three strikes in the power play, as his wiles, and the pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, put the game on its course.
Rashid received only a couple of days’ notice about the possible rollout of this plan from Eoin Morgan, but after working with Jason Roy on the networks, something that also benefited the starter before his quickfire 49 in the race chase. As a result, the Yorkshireman is very much open to a repeat.
Speaking before the second Twenty20 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, where another excellent crowd is expected, Rashid said: “The Indian crowd is very passionate and it’s good to get the big players out early to keep them quiet. In fact, they can hear themselves talking to each other and that is not something you can generally do in India when you are 70 or 80,000. [people] Screaming.
“Bowling with the new ball is new to me and I hope I can do it again. [Whether it is] the first six overs, middle overs or on death, I am always looking to develop myself. Whatever the captain needs from me and the team ”.
This attitude should come as no surprise, with few captain-bowler relationships in world cricket as sympathetic as that enjoyed by Morgan and Rashid. The pair were briefly teammates during the 2009 T20 World Cup, but it was when they met at the start of England’s 2015 white ball revolution, the selectors were instructed to find a spinning attacking dummy, that the chemistry really began. .
“It is his presence,” Rashid said. “And his greatest strength is his emotion, he doesn’t really show any. If things don’t go well, you will never see him fall or wave his hands. Or if they’re doing really well, you won’t see him really excited. Being level-headed is an important factor – you stand out with him as a leader.
“When I came back to the side in 2015, he kept it very simple for me: ‘What we expect from you is to try to create opportunities,’ and as time went by that relationship grew and grew. We have no arguments or disagreements, because I fully trust him in what he says. He definitely has a presence and he also has my backing. “
Rashid continues to thrive in cue ball cricket to the point where he admits that a test comeback before next winter’s Ashes tour “hasn’t even crossed my mind.” The 33-year-old isn’t sure if his shoulder could handle the workload of longer periods, but ultimately his focus is on adding this year’s T20 World Cup to the 50-year-old crown won in 2019. .
Friday saw Rashid operate as England’s sole spinner, but with all five games against India played in the same box, it seems like a matter of time before Moeen Ali, initially overlooked by Sam Curran, joins him in the alignment. However, it may be that Morgan has fire for now, as England look to take a 2-0 lead.
India (possible) KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (week), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
England (possible) Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
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