Rashid delighted with Afghanistan’s team-effort after historic win, hails “legend” Nabi
Afghanistan handed Bangladesh a 224-run thrashing. (Image: Afghanistan Cricket Board)

Rashid Khan was a pleased man at the post-match presentation ceremony in Chittagong after Afghanistan side had beaten Bangladesh on their soil by a whooping margin of 224 runs. What the effort even extra special was how Afghanistan had battled weather and how well they used the small margin to take out the last four Bangladesh wickets en route to their second Test victory.

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Afghanistan have now tied Australia as the quickest team to get to two Test wins – three matches. This is also Rashid’s first win as Test captain, who in the match, starred with 11 wickets in the match and a fifty in the first innings.

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“Thanks to the almighty Allah for this performance, under my captaincy we won this game against a big side like Bangladesh. We are new in this format, so the credit goes to the coaching staff [and] the players the way they prepared for this game,” Rashid said. “Before coming here, we had a camp in Abu Dhabi, that was one of the hottest games I have ever had. After playing in 46-47 [degrees], when you come in this weather, it is very easy for you.

“The plan which was given to the players, each and every one – batting, bowling, fielding – everyone just tried and applied himself. The only thing from my side was to keep going out, keep enjoying yourself, enjoy your batting, enjoy your bowling. Much credit goes to everyone in the batting, and the bowlers, the way we did the job. Especially the youngsters Qais and Zahir, and Yamin [Ahmadzai, the quick bowler], the way he bowled in the first innings. So it was a great team effort and we are really pleased with that.”

Rashid ensured he thanked the board for setting up a four-day structure in Afghanistan, which the skipper believes, has helped his cricketers.

“The youngsters who are coming, they are applying themselves really quickly. They are learning from their mistakes. Especially now, we have a good four-day structure back home, we play ten to 12 four-day matches. That is helping the youngsters get used to the longer format and not just the T20s or ODIs,” he said. “Everyone was focusing on his job and trying to give 100%. We are really famous with the shorter format but the challenge was for us, especially with the batsmen, to stay on the wicket and spend as much time as possible. They have done a terrific job.”

Speaking on mentions, Rashid did not forget to pay tribute to his long-time Afghanistan and Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Mohammad Nabi, who ended his Test career with this match. The allrounder finishes with 33 runs and eight wickets, and Rashid, the Player of the Match, paid his respects to the “legend”.

“He has totally helped me a lot and other spinners a lot as well, since I’ve been in the side, and still he is with us in the ODIs and T20s, but in the longer format that experience was always great,” Rashid said. “I wish him all the best and thanks for all your service for the country. I want to dedicate this Man of the Match to Nabi.”