Sakshi Jain ∙ Sep 2 2022, 11:00 PM

As a player, I don't mind who I play against: Rahmanullah Gurbaz

image-l7kwhus5Rahmanullah Gurbaz happy to play against any team (PC: Twitter)

Afghanistan will be facing Sri Lanka in their Super Four match in Sharjah during the Asia Cup 2022. The team will have momentum on their side on Saturday as in their last game against Sri Lanka, Afghanistan chased the target of 106 runs within 10.1 overs to score a victory by eight wickets.

Notably, Sri Lanka became the second Group B team from Afghanistan to qualify for the Super Four on Thursday. They defeated Bangladesh by two wickets to proceed further in the league. Meanwhile, the Afghanistan cricket team isn’t concerned about their opponent.

Gurbaz not concerned about their opponent

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Rahmanullah Gurbaz clarified that for them it doesn’t matter if they are playing against Bangladesh or India. The opening batter claimed that Afghans are only focusing on playing a good brand of cricket with positive intent. The team is working hard on its strengths and weaknesses to be its best version.

Afghanistan have always been considered a strong batting side with the likes of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi in their team. The bowlers again lived up to their reputation as they restricted Sri Lanka at 105 while Bangladesh also ended up with just 127 runs. 

Afghanistan’s improved batting unit

While the bowlers were at their usual best, it is the batting unit that has stolen all the thunder this time around. The Mohammad Nabi-led side has dished out some phenomenal performances with the bat to compliment their bowlers. Speaking about the same, Gurbaz reflected on how the team has worked hard on their batting for the past few months.

In the press conference, Gurbaz added,

"See everyone knows that we have a strong bowling side. On the batting side, we worked so hard in the last three-four months to prepare ourselves for the Asia Cup. Our main target is to be ready for both Asia Cup and T20I World Cup. We worked hard and started from the basics, coaches as well worked so hard with the players. We are well prepared for it. As a player, I don't mind who I am playing against."

The opening batter has also done a decent job for his team in the Asia Cup 2022. Chasing the score of 106 against Sri Lanka, the 20-year-old smacked 40 runs off just 18 balls. He couldn’t contribute much against the Tigers and walked back to the pavilion after scoring 11 runs off 18 balls.

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