India batsman KL Rahul has credited the rise of the Afghanistan cricket team as an ODI and T20I team after an “exciting” tie in their 2018 Asia Cup Super Four match in Dubai.

After a spirited showing that almost got them home against Pakistan, Afghanistan dished out yet another inspiring performance which produced a dramatic last-over tie against India in the penultimate Super four match of the tournament. Rahul said that Afghanistan’s bowlers deserved credit for pushing the match into a tie.

“We’ve seen how much they’ve improved over the last two years,” he said. “Rashid, Mujeeb, Nabi – all these guys have played in the IPL, they play around the world in different franchises. We can’t look at them and think they’re a walkover. They keep proving it over and over again.”