The New Zealand batters initially had a slow start and lost Devon Conway’s wicket early in the innings. Following that, Will Young and Rachin Ravindra formed a partnership of 79 runs before they both got dismissed in the same over, leaving New Zealand reeling at 110/4. With more than half the innings remaining, the responsibility to set a competitive target fell on the shoulders of skipper Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips. The Afghan bowlers, in their quest to break this partnership of 75, did well to create opportunities but were let down by dropped catches. Amidst all this, renowned Afghan spinner Rashid Khan decided to tap into his inner skills to calm his nerves.
Rashid Khan bowled the ninth over of his spell, giving away only six runs. Despite not managing to take a wicket, he appeared a bit stressed. To ease his nerves, the 25-year-old displayed some impressive football skills by doing kick-ups with the Kookaburra after delivering the fourth ball of the over. He even refused to pick up the ball from the ground after all the shenanigans and instead walked over to his mark for the next delivery.
Twitterati was quick to liken Rashid Khan to the legendary footballer Ronaldinho, highlighting his versatility and flair on the cricket field.
Rashid turns into Ronaldinho
I don’t think Rashid using that football skills to pick the ball up for fun, heard guy is having back injury issue, so might be doing it.
— Billgates Billu (@ImBillu_) October 18, 2023
Someone give Rashid a football contract
— Naz (@Naz11r_) October 18, 2023
Rashid Khan is so done with these fielders. All of them are ches
— yang goi (@GongR1ght) October 18, 2023
What a ball that was from Rashid and even better take from keeper Ikram khil
— UnSuspended Hitesh Yadav (@YUnsuspended) October 18, 2023
i swear rashid is done with everyone
— alooparatha in her idgaf era (@itssash09) October 18, 2023
Rashid Khan is 25 lmaooo
— Sirajum (@sirajum_afc) October 18, 2023
Look at The Spin & Bounce Rashid Got & AFG didn’t Bat First Here is Mind Boggling
— Hamza Sheikh (@hamza007_) October 18, 2023