Rashid Khan Believes England Will Rebound from Loss to Afghanistan

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Rashid Khan Believes England Will Rebound from Loss to Afghanistan

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England spinner Adil Rashid remains confident in the team’s abilities despite their unexpected 69-run defeat to Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup. He believes that there’s ample time for the defending champions to regain their form.

Afghanistan posted a total of 284 with significant contributions from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ikram Alikhil, subsequently dismissing England for 215, securing only their second victory at a World Cup.

This loss marked England’s second defeat in the tournament, following their initial loss to New Zealand by nine wickets earlier this month.

Rashid expressed his optimism, stating, “It’s part and parcel of the game. We’re not overly concerned; it’s just a game we lost. We recognize that we have tough competition ahead, but I have confidence that we can perform well as a cohesive unit in the matches to come. We have six games remaining, and we can secure wins and build positive momentum. I have faith in the squad, and I am certain we will make a strong comeback.

England’s unexpected 69-run loss to Afghanistan has not shaken Adil Rashid’s belief in the team’s potential. He maintains that they possess the necessary squad, team, and mentality to continue being competitive.

Despite the defeat, England remains fifth in the standings with one victory from three matches. The top four teams from the group stage will advance to the semifinals.

Afghanistan’s remarkable 69-run victory over defending champions England at the World Cup has instilled in them the belief that they can compete with the world’s top cricketing nations for years to come, according to coach Jonathan Trott.

Afghanistan posted a total of 284, featuring half-centuries from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ikram Alikhil, and proceeded to bowl out England for 215, securing only their second World Cup victory, eight years after their first win over Scotland in 2015.

Trott emphasized the significance of this victory, stating that it instills confidence when competing against the bigger cricketing nations, impacting not only this World Cup but also future matches.

After the win, spinner Rashid Khan expressed his hope that the victory would bring smiles to the faces of people in Afghanistan, where multiple earthquakes have caused significant casualties. The return of the Taliban to power in 2021 has also negatively impacted women’s sports in Afghanistan.

Trott emphasized that the players are not only playing for cricket but are also aware of the hardships that people face due to various reasons, including natural disasters. The goal is to bring joy to people worldwide and encourage boys and girls in Afghanistan to pick up a cricket bat or ball and play the sport.

Reference:

https://www.reuters.com/sports/cricket/rashid-backs-england-bounce-back-afghanistan-loss-2023-10-17/

https://sportsmax.tv/cricket/item/131039-we-re-not-too-concerned-adil-rashid-backing-england-to-bounce-back-strong

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/sport/rashid-backs-england-bounce-back-afghanistan-loss-3851426?utm_source=Newswav&utm_medium=Website

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