Wicketkeeper stands far away from stumps while Rashid Khan bowls in The Hundred, fans surprised

Rashid, who is representing the Trent Rockets in The Hundred, has had a great outing in the competition so far.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 7 August 2021 1:11 pm

While the format of the Hundred tournament is in itself intriguing and might take some getting used to, some or the other unusual things are also happening throughout the course of the competition. And now in a recent match, another such mind-blowing incident unfolded involving Rashid Khan. While the star leg-spinner was bowling, the wicketkeeper opted to stand far away from the stumps, in a move that is beyond explanation. The same has surprised the netizens who are sharing their own interpretations about it.

While there is little doubt that wicketkeeping is one of the most difficult aspects of the sport, when the spinners come on to bowl, usually the keeper comes up to the stumps. However, the conventional logic wasn't in place during The Hundred game between Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire as wicketkeeper Tom Moores stood back when Afghanistan bowler bowled the first ball of his spell.

This has led the viewers to have various opinions on this move with a social media user even saying that it shows how Rashid uses a good mix of spin and pace in his bowling. The young spinner is known for his quick arm action and speed that creates a few problems usually for the batters especially to read his googlies. Moreover, he also has a few variations under his belt which has helped him become one of the leading spinners in world cricket.

" I think the main reason is that people find it difficult to pick my googlies due to my bowling action, which is straight. I also have a quick arm action and some speed as well. All this gives me some advantage. Even if I bowl six googlies in one over, batsmen might think that I had bowled two or three because they haven’t picked it. Also, the release point of my leg-spinner and my googly is the same," he said in an interview by Cricwick.

Rashid, who is representing the Trent Rockets in The Hundred, has had a great outing in the competition so far and is currently the third-highest wicket-taker. He has scalped eight wickets already at an economy of 7.62.

Here are some of the responses:

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