Rashid Khan's heroic all-round effort has not only grabbed the imagination of cricket-crazy fans across the country, but also led to several calling for Indian citizenship for the Afghan star.
The Qualifier 2 between Sunrisers Hyderabad & Kolkata Knight Riders will be remembered forever just because of this one-man-army Rashid Khan.
Savage with the bat, almost unplayable with the ball and electrifying on the field - Rashid Khan was just outstanding in this match. Defending 174, Chris Lynn (48), Sunil Narine (26) and Nitish Rana (22) were solid at the start. The game turned when the spinners took over. Both Rashid and Shakib bowled beautifully and didn't allow anyone to get going. Shubman Gill tried his heart out, but Kaul and Bhuvneshwar were too good. What a time to break your four-match losing streak, and they have to thank Rashid for it. 10-ball 34* with the bat, 3 for 19 with the ball and then two catches to go with a run-out, you can't ask for anything more than that from your player. While Kolkata's incredible campaign comes to an end, Hyderabad will now take on Chennai in the final. The same side they have lost thrice to this season.
He was awarded the Man of the Match trophy after the game and in a brilliant gesture, he dedicated his performance to the victims of a horrific bomb blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan earlier this week. His heartwarming gesture, coupled with his stunning display, sent fans on social media into a frenzy, with many of them tweeting to Sushma Swaraj, the Minister of External Affairs, to award Rashid with Indian citizenship. Here are the best tweets:
.@SushmaSwaraj mam,plz 1 request hai..27th may tak @rashidkhan_19 ko indian citizenship dedo..we need him for next WC & T-20WC..he is grt human being & very good player..— ek aalu bonda (@ek_aalu_bonda) May 25, 2018
raashid ne request nahi ki hogi tabhi bhi use return mat jaane do Afghanistan..#SRHvKKR #IPL2018
Damn Rashid kHan— aKAsh (@akash_d21) May 25, 2018
😭😭 Please play for India
Hey @SushmaSwaraj pls Give him Citizenship
If India officaly asks Rashid khan to have Indian citizens ship i as and Afghan will be the first to give him away India deserves all the best 👍— Rashid (@Rashid01371604) May 25, 2018
Ma'am @SushmaSwaraj , Is there a way we can keep Rashid Khan in India forever? Please help.— pathpediwala (@gladiator45) May 25, 2018
After seeing these tweets, Sushma Swaraj couldn’t stop herself from replying. Even she replied in a fun way. Here’s her reply:-
Wow, we loved Sushma Swaraj’s sense of humour. God knows why she deleted the tweet, but she surely knows to handle queries like a boss. You are awesome ma’am!