T20 World Cup: This is something we were missing in last two years, says Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan on historic win over Australia

T20 World Cup: This is something we were missing in last two years, says Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan on historic win over Australia


Marcus Stoinis of Australia runs during an appeal by Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan (right) during the Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Australia at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 22, 2024.

Australia's Marcus Stoinis runs during an appeal by Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan (right) during the Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Australia at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 22, 2024. Photo Credit: AP

Skipper Rashid Khan lauded Afghanistan's “big” win over mighty Australia in the T20 World Cup, saying such great moments were missing in the last few years and credited the all-rounders in the squad for the win.

Afghanistan kept alive its hopes of reaching the semi-finals by defeating Australia by 21 runs in its crucial Super-8 match.

Rashid said after the match, “This is a big win for us as a team and as a nation. A great feeling. This was something we missed in the last two years. Very happy with the win and proud of the players.”

Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60) and Ibrahim Zadran (51) made half centuries but Australia restricted them to 148 for 6.

However, all-rounder Gulbadin Naib produced a career-best performance of 4/20 to bowl out Australia for 127 in 19.2 overs.

He said, “140 runs was a good score on this wicket. We could not perform as well as we should have.

“The opening partnership gave us a great start. On this wicket, even after scoring 130-plus runs, we could have defended it provided we kept calm and kept the confidence. That's the beauty of this team, having all-rounders and options.” Praising Nabi, Rashid said: “The way Gulbadin bowled today – the experience he has, it was good today. The way Nabi started – Warner's wicket – was also worth watching.

“It's very important for us and for the whole world. I'm sure they would have been proud and enjoyed the game.”

We have finally beaten Australia! Our journey begins now: Naib

Naib, who was adjudged man of the match, said the win was a long time coming and hoped it would start a new chapter for the team.

Afghanistan came very close to defeating Australia in the ODI World Cup last year, but a special performance by Glenn Maxwell denied them the joy.

He said, “We have been waiting for this for a long time. This is a big moment for me, my country and my people. This is a big achievement for our cricket. Thanks to our fans for supporting our cricket journey. We have worked hard in the last 2 months and the result is in front of you.”

“We finally beat Australia! It's a huge achievement for Afghanistan cricket, our history isn't very long so it's a huge 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 am very fortunate to have this team. Every game is important, we will rest tomorrow and think about it,” Australia captain Mitchell Marsh said, adding that it was just a day off.

“Maybe they got 20 runs more. A lot of teams have bowled first in this tournament. Don't think that the toss was won or lost. We just didn't perform well on the field.”

“It wasn't the easiest wicket but both teams played well on it. As I said, we lost today. We just need to win and there is no better team to do that.”


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