CWC 2019: Naib gives huge update on Rashid’s injury
During the World Cup 2019 match between Afghanistan and New Zealand, premier leg-spinner Rashid Khan suffered a sharp blow to his head off Lockie Ferguson’s bowling in Taunton on Saturday.
The New Zealand bowler did what he was supposed to do. He bowled with subtle variation of good line and length but Rashid Khan failed to judge the ball coming towards him and as a result, he picked up a blow.
The unexpected incident happened during the 34th over of the match when Rashid Khan miscalculated in judging Lockie Ferguson’s length as he attempted to duck but the ball rebounded off the stumps and was dismissed for a duck.
As per the inputs from AFP, Rashid Khan failed a first concussion (injury to the brain) soon after but Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib believes Rashid Khan should possibly recover in time for his side’s next fixture against South Africa scheduled on June 15 at Sophia Gardens.
“He’s feeling now better. The doctor said don’t go to the field but now he’s feeling well. So he needed rest. So obviously we have a couple of days. He’s fine now,” Naib told reporters.
“I asked the physio if he needed rest, some headache. We have a rest of one week for the other game. So now he’s feeling well. So he should go to the hospital and check for some tests. He’s well. Afghani people is strong. So it’s just a small thing,” he added.
Afghanistan surrendered at the hands of New Zealand as they lost by 7 wickets. But one thing was clear. Afghanistan missed the services of Rashid Khan’s bowling.
Kane Williamson once again played a captain’s knock as he led by example by chipping in with 79*.
New Zealand are on a sensational run as they have registered three victories on the trot. With 100 per cent start to the quadrennial event, it is no doubt that they are destined to make it to the semi-finals of the showpiece event.
(With AFP inputs)