Dubai: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) leg-spinner Rashid Khan has said that his team will play every match of the second half. IPL as a 2021 finalist in an attempt to reach the playoffs. SRH had an unforgettable run in the first half of IPL 2021 in India. The 2016 champions managed to win just one match out of seven. He also made a change of captaincy as David Warner was replaced by Kane Williamson. “Definitely looking forward to the rest of the season. We didn’t have an ideal first half during the competition in India but we are reunited and looking forward to a good finish. Will take every match as a final for us. And give my 100 percent.”
Khan arrived in IPL 2021 after taking 12 wickets in nine matches for Trent Rockets at The Hundred and took the Sussex Sharks to the final of the Vitality T20 Blast. The rest of the season is playing in the UAE. There was a lot of confidence after playing in The Hundred and Vitality Blast, so hope the game starts soon and ends well.”
The 22-year-old had scored an unbeaten 27 off just nine balls for Sussex against Yorkshire in the T20 Blast last month. Khan hit three fours and two sixes in his innings. He also pulled out a shot which had a resemblance to an MS Dhoni-style helicopter shot. Khan believes that he will have to work more on his batting as it can help the team in the later stages of the innings.
He said, ‘For the last one and a half years, I have been working more on my batting, where the team needs 15, 20, 25 runs. They are very important to the team in the target and even while chasing. Just trying my best to do different things. I haven’t practiced different shots in the nets. It’s just a matter of having that kind of mindset. Wherever I hit the ball, I want to do my best and try my best to use my wrists.”
Khan was one of the few bright spots for SRH in the first half of IPL 2021, taking 10 wickets in seven matches at an excellent economy rate of 6.14. Asked how he would adapt to bowling in UAE conditions, he said, “We have played enough matches in UAE and know the conditions very well. I used to play here before moving to UK. I think That one doesn’t need to change much. It’s about the mindset, which areas are good to bowl on these wickets. You have to bowl according to the conditions and the conditions. There isn’t much to change. I have the confidence and confidence to give to the team.”
SRH will begin their second leg of IPL 2021 against table-toppers Delhi Capitals in Dubai on 22 September.