'He can be our future No. 3' - MSK Prasad on Shaik Rasheed
MSK Prasad says Shaik Rasheed reminds him of Rahul Dravid, with skill, attitude and stamina. "He could be our No. 3 future in red football and white cricket," said the former India's top pick, referring to the Under 19 vice-captain, who excelled at the Under 19 World Cup.
Ask the same for Rasheed and his answer is that of maturity and patience, something Dravid is known for. "We just won the Under 19 World Cup and it's been a month. The victory has been to honor the relationship between the players and the coaches to ensure we stay here (in the Caribbean) as a family. My future ... I will take it the way it comes. I need to improve my game and work on it," Andhra boy tells Cricbuzz as he prepares to catch a flight home Sunday morning.
MSK and Rasheed hail from the same city in Andhra, Guntur, and the former Indian player contributed to the development of the young batsman as CEO of the Andhra Cricket Association. "He likes to score a goal before the wicket and the bats are late, which gives them enough time to play football. Those are the best qualities. What was most impressive was his behavior. .
Rasheed stood as a rock hard in all three World Cup exit games. He scored 26 points in the low but high points in the quarterfinals against Bangladesh, strengthened the innings in the 94th semifinals against Australia and then headed down the game with 50 points in the final against England, all three points coming after losing wickets prematurely.
But Rasheed wonders how he managed to play those games in the first place. "I never thought I had another chance in the tournament," he said, recalling a time when the Indian camp was beaten by the Covid-19 with half a dozen players, including himself, forced to be alone.
"I had given up hope of playing another part of the tournament. The regular test and solitary confinement for 15 days and I thought the tournament was over for me," he recalls. "At that point, the support staff were very supportive, keeping us motivated. We were sitting alone and making video calls regularly and trying to explain to us that we took this as a temporary injury and not a Covid disruption. Coaches and VVS Laxman Sir will be on the phone and tell me more to play in the tournament - the quarterfinals, the semi-finals, the finals and all those games. They tried to focus on a good idea. "
Asked to explain those innings in the knockouts, Rasheed says it happened automatically. At first it was stressful but I tried to play my natural game. I'm confident in my game and I played that way. and great confidence. "
Since winning four wickets in the Antigua final, Rasheed has been plagued by phone calls and text messages. "We had a party. We celebrated the victory, we stayed together. Cooperation is very good. And, yes, I did not have time to answer all my calls and messages. I will answer them all soon," he said.
Many of his teammates have signed up for the IPL auction but will not qualify for the HL as he has not played a List A or a first-class match, which is a requirement to qualify for the IPL. Rasheed is not disappointed though. “Not at all,” she says. "I'll get my chances. If I haven't played this year it doesn't mean it's the end of the world. I'll get in the end."
Dr KJ Srinivasa, India's High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda based in Guyana, hosted a welcoming ceremony for the team after the final match on Saturday (February 5) night. The event was attended by West Indies cricket stars such as Sir Richie Richardson and Sir Curtly Ambrose. Also present were Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt and other regional strategists and local government ministers. Apart from the full team of under-19s and their nominees Ranadeb Bose and Prathik Patel, VVS Laxman, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Sairaj Bahutule were present at the reception.
"The event brought people together to celebrate the success of our young team and the team was encouraged to be present and to work with legends. This youth team did very well, never lost in this tournament. it shows that the future of Indian cricket is in good hands, "a spokesman for the website said.
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