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PSL 2021: Sarah Taylor Wants Rashid Khan to ‘Teach’ her the Helicopter Shot



PSL 2021: Sarah Taylor Wants Rashid Khan to ‘Teach’ her the Helicopter Shot

Afghanistan’s talismanic leg-spinner Rashid Khan has not only emerged as the best for his national side, but also as one of the most reliable players in the shortest form of the game for several franchises globally. The 22-year old is one of the best spinners of the white ball in the world and is considered as T20’s go-to man.

Khan played a mini helicopter shot to slam a six against pacer Amad Butt in the 19th over and score the winning runs for the Qalandars’. His blistering shot caught the attention of the cricketing world after it was shared online on PSL’s official Twitter handle. PSL captioned their tweet as, “SO STYLISH,” and ithas garnered over 5.5 lakh views, close to 9,000 likesand hundreds of user reactions on the microblogging site since Sunday.

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However, Khan received a surprise fan comment in the form of former England Women’s team star Sarah Taylor replied and asked Khan to teach her the way to play it.

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Khan also responded to her and replied that he would surely teach her.

Meanwhile, Khan has so far played in 48 T20Is for his country and picked up 89 wickets. Even in the Indian Premier League (IPL), he has emerged as a vital player for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). The Afghan star has played 62 matches in the IPL and has scalped 75 wickets.

Whereas, Taylor is one of the most decorated batswomen in women’s cricket history and one of the finest wicket keepers to have graced the game. She represented her country in 10 Tests, 126 ODIs and 90 T20I’s. Standing second on England Women’s all-time list of run-scorers, Taylor has amassed 4,056 runs in the limited overs format, while in the shortest format she scored 2,177 runs. She announced her retirement from international cricket in 2019.

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On This Day – March 1, 2003 – Tendulkar’s Genius Makes It 4 Out of 4 For India Against Pakistan



On This Day - March 1, 2003 - Tendulkar's Genius Makes It 4 Out of 4 For India Against Pakistan

It was the biggest match of the 2003 World Cup between India and Pakistan at Centurion in South Africa. India had beaten Pakistan in their three previous World Cup encounters – in 1992, 1996 and 1999. Pakistan were desperate to set the record straight. But India were relentless! A strong Pakistan unit led by the great Waqar Younis elected to bat first and were given a fine start by Saeed Anwar and Taufeeq Umar.

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Zaheer Khan gave India the first breakthrough getting rid of Umar in the 11th over. Pakistan lost the wickets of Abdul Razzaq and Inzamam-ul-Haq in quick succession and were reduced to 98 for 3 after 22 overs. Anwar stood firm at one end and was playing the lone hand for Pakistan. He found an able partner in Mohammad Yousuf and the pair put together 73 for the fourth wicket before Javagal Srinath saw the back of Yousuf.

Anwar exited in the 41st over becoming Ashish Nehra’s second victim of the match shortly after registering his hundred. Useful contributions from Younis Khan and Rashid Latif took Pakistan to 273 for 7 in 50 overs. Zaheer was the pick of the Indian bowlers picking two wickets for 46 runs in his 10 overs. Srinath was the most restrictive giving away just 41 runs in his 10 overs.

Pakistan had a formidable bowling line-up led by skipper Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar. India had their task cut out. But they had a man named Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar! He made his intentions clear from the third ball of the innings itself caressing Akram through covers for a boundary. The next over defined the mood and mindset of Tendulkar on the day – he cut the fastest bowler in the world, Shoaib Akhtar for a six over third man before timing him for two delectable boundaries. India were away!

Virender Sehwag was also in a menacing mood at the other end and played a little cameo before departing for 21 off just 14 deliveries. India had crossed 50 in the sixth over itself. Waqar made it two in two deliveries as he removed the Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly leg before wicket for a golden duck. India were on the backfoot and needed their golden boy to perform. And he did not disappoint!

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Tendulkar continued to attack and found an ideal partner in Mohammad Kaif. He soon registered his fifty off just 37 deliveries The pair added 102 for the third-wicket of which Kaif’s contribution was 35 off 60 deliveries. Tendulkar got out his A-Game at Centurion when it mattered most against India’s biggest rivals in a high pressure World Cup match against the best fast bowling unit in the world – that defined his genius. By the time he was dismissed for a scintillating 98 off just 75 deliveries, which included 12 fours and a six, India had scored 177 in just the 28th over. Tendulkar had scored 55% of his team’s runs at a phenomenal rate before he exited.

Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh put together an undefeated 99-run stand for the fifth-wicket to take India through with six wickets in hand and 26 balls remaining. India had again beaten their arch-rivals in a World Cup match – for the fourth time in a row. And their hero today was Sachin Tendulkar.

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