On Sunday, India Test cricketer Wriddhiman Saha has said he's relishing every bit of wicket-keeping against wily Afghanistani leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the IPL, something that has boosted his confidence. The Afghanistan wrist spinner Khan is currently ranked world number one in T20s and number two in ODIs. He recently became the fastest to take 100 ODI wickets. The Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper batsman, Saha praised team-mate Khan after his side's facile five-wicket win over Kolkata Knigh Riders.
"After a long time I'm getting an opportunity to keep against a bowler like Rashid. It's a good experience, he has got pace and turn," Saha told reporters. "In recent times, I've been keeping against the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja, Mishra or Kuldeep. Now after keeping against Rashid, I'm more confident," he said of Rashid who was retained by SRH at this year's auctions for Rs 9 crore using right to match card.
Brilliant at death as well as in the Powerplay, the 19-year-old Khan is a hot property in the T20 franchise leagues around the world and has been hugely influential in his nation's rise from an ICC Associate level team to a get a full member status.
Backed by yet another stunning bowling display and neat fielding, SRH restricted KKR to a modest 138/8 and in reply they struggled before skipper Kane Williamson's half century in a 59-run stand with Shakib Al Hasan sealed a five-wicket win. "The wicket (at Eden Gardens) was a bit double-paced. During bowling only it was apparent. Initial start was good but lost a few wickets," Saha said.