Former Afghanistan skipper made a comment on Indian team and there run making abilities. In an interview with hindustan times he also opened up about the Legends League Cricket and Afghanistan’s performance and what he thinks about it.
Asghar Afghan, the amn who was the part of core Afghanistan team while they were making there mark on the International stage. He is now going to be part of Gautam Gambhir led Indian Capitals in the LLC. In an exclusive interview, the tall right hander, one of his talent and fortitude opened up about various matters he is concerned about and asked about.
When Afghan was asked about Afghanistan’s performance in the Asia Cup, he was a bit heart broken as the team was doing really well till the Super 4 stages where they lost all three matches and were forced to make an exit from the tournament.
He said, “Afghanistan played well in the Asia Cup but I believe we should have won the tournament. We were playing in the UAE. We knew the conditions really well. And T20 is our strongest format. We have a lot of players who play in different leagues across the globe. We have a lot of individual experience and talent, that’s why we should have won the tournament. I think Afghanistan were one of the favourites.”
Further when the interviewer asked him about Indian cricket in the interview his response was very good and he was very confident while replying to the reporters in this fashion.
He spoke about the importance of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the T20 squad and how it can totally cripple him inthe T20Is if not played regularly.
“When a cricketer doesn’t perform, there will be talks. That’s part of every cricketer’s life. But whenever we played against India, our plan used to be around Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. We used to say ‘get them out, half of Indian team is finished’. The whole world plans against these two big players like this only. They can win matches single-handedly. Our plan was always to attack them in the beginning because if we can’t get them out in the beginning then it is very difficult to trouble them. Especially Virat Kohli. He is a very busy player. When he is set, it is very difficult to dislodge him. We used to believe that if we get both of them out early then about 100-120 runs would be less from India’s total in an ODI and about 60-70 runs in a T20I.” Said Afghan while talking in the interview.
Further talking about what went wrong for Indian in the Asia Cup, he said, “Yes, on paper, they were the best team to win the Asia Cup. The kind of balance they had was great. But perhaps they took things a little light but the main reason for their losses in the Super 4 stage was the injury to Ravindra Jadeja. It really affected the balance of their side.”
Them the interview came back to LLC and how does it feels to be back and that too under Gautam Gambhir.
Asghar said, “First of all, I’d like to thank the Legends League Cricket organisers and the Indian cricket board for organising such a lovely tournament. It’s another great platform for all the players who have played a lot of cricket for their respective countries. Mostly the cricketers playing in this league have a huge fan following, people want to watch them on the cricket field again and hopefully, we will be able to entertain them again.”
Talking about Gautam his style of captaincy, Asghar said, ” I have captained in international cricket. And I think a captain needs to be a little aggressive by nature. The ones who are aggressive are very good by heart. Gautam no doubt was a brilliant batter in his time. He was an impressive captain for KKR in the IPL. I think we all will get to learn a lot. I can’t wait to join the team.”