IND vs ENG: “I wasn’t really expecting myself to be picked”, Adil Rashid on IPL

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After winning the series opener against India, England’s ace leg-spinner Adil Rashid said that he was not disappointed not being picked by any Indian Premier League franchise. He did not even expect any IPL contract as there were already a number of leg-spinners.

Despite performing substantially at the international level, Rashid has never drawn any attention of any IPL franchise to himself. The last auction was no different.

“I wouldn’t say disappointing, obviously there are a lot of spinners out there, India also got their own local spinners, so I wasn’t really expecting myself to be picked,” Rashid said on Saturday.

“It would be nice to get these deals but like I said, with these tournaments, you put your name forward and hope a team picks you… that’s how it works with the IPL or any other competitions,” The 33-year-old added.

England’s gambit of opening their bowling with Rashid flicked for them yesterday. Rashid dismissed India’s skipper Virat Kohli for a duck.

“Bowling with the new ball is new for me now (he did so a decade back for Yorkshire and in Australia), something I have been working on for the past couple of days.”

“Hope I can carry on with that regardless of the situation, whether it’s first six (overs), middle or back, I am always looking to develop and work hard.”

“That’s something I have been doing in the nets, bowling to batsmen with the new ball, in case I am needed, I am really focussed on every part of the game.”

Ever since Rashid has recovered from a shoulder injury, he has been concentrating on white-ball cricket.

“Test cricket or Ashes has not really crossed my mind. There is a world cup and there is a lot of cricket before that, let’s see how it goes. I am focussing on white-ball cricket at the moment.”

Being the T20 table toppers, England remain the favourites of the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“We fully believe in ourselves, we have to stick to our strengths, keep developing and keep working on our game, and we should stand a chance.”