The story of a giant killer Afghanistan is really an inspiration for other nations who are struggling to create their name in Gentleman’s game. In back 2014, Afghanistan played in Asia cup as an amateur Team and as a result, they got beaten and victimized from the competition. But now after 4 years, things have really turned around for Afghan team. From being called minnows to be mighty for their opponents can give you the real impression of their impeccable growth in a very less period of time.
Afghanistan has already shown their intention what they are capable of by defeating 5 times Asia cup winner Sri Lanka and superior and experienced Bangladesh to top their Group. Even in the Match against Pakistan they almost won it, But their poor fielding let them down and Pakistan escapes from the defeat. Honestly saying the way they are playing in this tournament is simply unbelievable.
So the question arises what makes Afghanistan so strong in 4 years time?
In this article, we discuss various aspects of Afghanistan cricket which indulge a belief system in their game.
Maturity in batting
Afghanistan has crossed 250 runs mark three times in 3 matches against the top teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The batsman like Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, captain Asghar Afghan showed a lot of character and intent in batting. Playing 50 overs itself a great achievement for a team who started their cricket in the refugee camp. Rashid Khan also showed in all-around ability by contributing with both bat and ball. His quick 50 plus runs against Bangladesh helped Afghanistan to post the target of 255 runs.
The team from Afghan consist of three top-spinners, who can easily make the life of opposition batsman tough to survive in the pitch.Three variety of spinners like mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leg-spinner Rashid Khan and off-spinner Mohammad Nabi. These three combined together to make hell for the batsman in the pitch. Their economy rates and wicket-taking ability itself an evidence of the skills they possess in bowling.
Emerges as the best fielding side of Asia
Yes, that is true, Afghanistan had been the best fielding unit for last 1 year. They have dropped the lesser number of catches, including all nations who play cricket. The last match against Pakistan is their worst fielding so far in the ODI. Meanwhile, They have some excellent fielders like Rashid Khan, Who is livewire in the field.