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T20 World Cup 2024: Afghanistan Players React After Historic Win Against Australia

Naib, who was named Player of the Match, expressed that the victory was long-awaited and hoped it would mark the beginning of a new chapter for the team.

Edited By : Shashwat Nishant | Updated: Jun 23, 2024 13:53 IST
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Skipper Rashid Khan praised Afghanistan for their “massive” win over Australia in the T20 World Cup, highlighting that such triumphs had been absent in recent years. He credited the victory to the abundance of all-rounders in the team.

Afghanistan secured their first-ever win over Australia, triumphing by 21 runs in a crucial Super 8 match to keep their semifinal hopes alive. “This is a massive win for us as a team and a nation. It’s something we’ve missed over the past two years. I’m really happy with the win and super proud of the guys,” Rashid said during the post-match presentation.

“140 was a good total on this wicket. We didn’t finish as well as we should have. Opening partnership gave us best start. On this wicket, anything 130-plus, we were capable of defending it as long as we kept calm and had the belief. That’s the beauty of this team, having all-rounders and having options.” Heaping praise on Naib, Rashid said: “The way Gulbadin bowled today – the experience he has, it came good today. The way Nabi started – the wicket of Warner – was also pleasing to see. It’s so important for us back home and around the world. I’m sure they’re proud and would’ve enjoyed the game.”

Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60) and Ibrahim Zadran (51) both scored half-centuries, helping Afghanistan reach 148 for 6, a total Australia managed to restrict.

‘Big Achievement For Afghanistan Cricket’

“We were waiting for a long time. Great moment for me, my nation, my people. Big achievement for our cricket. Thanks to our fans for supporting our cricket journey. We worked hard for the last 2 months, and the result is in front of you,” he said.

“We beat Australia at last! It is a great achievement for Afghanistan cricket, our history isn’t too much so this is a great achievement.

“We played great cricket in the last World Cup, and this year we beat New Zealand in the group stage. Our journey starts now. We have great management and I’m very fortunate to have this team. Every game is important, we will rest tomorrow and think about it.” Australia skipper Mitchell Marsh said it was just an off day in the office.

“They probably got 20 too many. Lot of teams have bowled first in this tournament. Don’t think it was won or lost at the toss. We had an off night on the field.

However, all-rounder Gulabdin Naib delivered his career-best performance with figures of 4/20, bowling out Australia for 127 in 19.2 overs. Naib, who was named Player of the Match, expressed that the victory was long-awaited and hoped it would mark the beginning of a new chapter for the team.

Afghanistan had nearly defeated Australia in the ODI World Cup last year, but a stellar performance by Glenn Maxwell had thwarted their efforts.

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First published on: Jun 23, 2024 01:53 PM IST

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