‘Will not lose Rashid Khan’: Muralitharan says SRH ‘could not pay’ Afghan spinner | Cricket

Rashid Khan started his journey in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with SRH, made his debut in 2017 and in no time he caught a lot of eyeballs because of his mastery with the ball.

Rashid Khan emerged as one of the most promising talents with the ball and when Gujarat Titans won his bid for 15 crore actually did not come as a surprise. However, what came as a surprise to many and not only to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fans was that the franchise did not retain the “Afghan Wizard” for the mega auction when they had the option.

Rashid began his journey in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with SRH, made his debut in 2017 and in no time he went on to catch many eyes due to his mastery with the ball. He also produced several match-winning efforts in SRH’s journey to the finals of the 2018 edition, which they lost to Chennai Super Kings. That season, the spinner scalped 21 wickets and emerged as the second-highest wickettaker in the campaign.

While the question of Rashid’s preservation is still much puzzling, SRH bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan gave fans some clarity as to why the move could not take place.

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“We did not want to lose Rashid Khan, but we could not pay him,” Muralitharan said in a mid-innings interview with Star Sports commentators during the Gujarat Titans’ innings against Sunrisers Hyderabad at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Monday night.

Rashid went on to play 76 games during his five-year stint with SRH in which he scalped 93 wickets, making him the second-highest wicket-taker from the franchise.

He is making a similar impact with Gujarat and is currently its leading wicket-taker, with six scalps from four matches.

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