It hasn't been easy few days for Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan during his stay in the United Kingdom. Although he is playing for the Trent Rockets in The Hundred, he was also closely following the rather unfortunate events that are unfolding his home country. Notably, after the withdrawal of US troops, the Taliban had taken control of the country as Rashid along with millions of others continues to pray and hope for peace to prevail.
On Friday too, Rashid did not shy away from expressing his support for his country. While coming on to the field, trying to defend a total of 96 runs, the star leggie painted his face with Afghanistan’s flag. He has constantly been worried for his family and people back at home and his consistent performances despite the turmoil have attracted a lot of praise from cricket pundits.
Here is a glimpse of Rashid's look:
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen also recently had a word with him and revealed the personal suffering and anxiety of the Afghan cricketer. As far as his performance on the field is concerned in this match, he wasn't at his best and made two runs off nine balls with the bat before conceding 26 runs in his 15 deliveries without a wicket.
The match was also an important one as Trent Rockets were up against Southern Brave in the eliminator. However, the Rockets' top three- Dawid Malan, Alex Hales and D’Arcy Short- did not score as per reputation which left the team reeling at 31/4. It was difficult for the side to recover from there and they were bowled out for 96 even failing to bat their quota of 100 deliveries.
In response, Paul Stirling (31) and James Vince (45*) were superb with the bat and blew away the Rockets' total. The Brave, as a result, chased down the total in 68 balls with seven wickets in hand. The Brave will now be up against Birmingham Phoenix, led by Moeen Ali, in the final of The Hundred scheduled on Saturday. It would be interesting to see if Rashid manages to reach Afghanistan by any means amid the current situation and disruption of all commercial flights.