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Watch: Rashid Khan reveals how former Afghanistan captain stole special bat gifted by Virat Kohli

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 June 2019, 14:56 IST
Rashid Khan

Virat Kohli the current hotshot in the mordern cricket, more often then not , lets his bat do the talking on the pitch, a remarkable change from his early years, Virat Kohli also seems to be quite generous with his bats, giving it away to his peers, The Indian captain had created a lot of buzz when he was seen handing his bat to pakistan’s Mohammad Amir during the World T20 in 2016.

And now Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan reveals that he got one too from Virat but much to his dismay, it didn’t stay in his possession for too long.

Rashid Khan also spoke about his habit of collecting bats from some of the best players in the world.

"When you are (learning) the skills of batting, you need to have a good bat. I got a few from the players. I got one from Virat (Kohli), I got from Davey (David Warner), I got one from KL Rahul and those are special bats. That will help me to make some runs in the World Cup," said Rashid Khan.

However, when probed further about the bat he got from Virat Kohli, Rashid Khan unfolded the incident of how and why it was stolen by than Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan.


"When I was batting with the bat against Ireland, I flicked one for four - I wanted to hit a boundary and it went for six. I was like 'what happened? That went for six? I was like 'there is something in the bat'. I loved the bat. It was like every ball I hit went for six. There was something special in that bat. As soon as I came to the pavillion, our previous captain Asghar Afghan, he came up to me and said, 'give me that bat' and I was like 'oh no'."

"He had already taken it out from my bag and put it in his own bag. That was a special bat, from a special player as well. He took that bat and I hope he doesn't do well with that and gives it back," Rashid Khan said.

Afghanistan journey in the cricketing world has been no less then a fairy tale. The Afghanistan team changed their captain just two months before the World Cup 2019, with Gulbadin Naib named the leader of the team in place of Asghar Afghan, a move that was not backed by some senior players.

But now the team looks settled and focused for their World Cup campaign, and will be taking on five time champions Australia today.

First published: 1 June 2019, 14:50 IST