Afghanistan’s all-round spin bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman recently dedicated his Player of the Match award to the victims of the earthquake that wreaked havoc in his country. This comes following their historic 69-run victory over the defending champions England at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
Speaking after the game, he said that it was an honour to defeat the World Cup favourites and dedicate the Player of the Match honour to the earthquake victims in Afghanistan. Against England, Mujeeb scored 28 runs and claimed three wickets as they won just the second ODI World Cup match in tournament history.
“It’s a proud feeling to be here in the World Cup and beating the defending champions. It’s this kind of opportunity that we work hard for and really proud of the boys. I want to dedicate this Player of the Match award to all the victims of the earthquake back home,” said Mujeeb.
He went on to say that they knew dew would come in during the second innings but tried to be consistent with their lines and lengths. Afghanistan bowled out England for 215 runs after posting 284 runs on the board in the first innings.
“As a spinner, it is always hard to bowl in the powerplay with only two fielders out on the boundary. But I have been working hard and trying to be consistent with my lines and lengths. I try to attack the stumps. We knew the dew was going to come and play a part in the latter half. The wicket was good and the ball was holding a bit on the surface. The mindset was there to hit the right areas even if there was dew,” Mujeeb added.