All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was released by Mumbai Indians (MI), has been named the skipper of the Ahmedabad franchise while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan and young India batter Shubman Gill are their other two choices.
The Ahmedabad IPL franchise on predictable lines have signed Hardik Pandya and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan but preferred young India opener Shubman Gill for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League.
There were some big names like Rashid Khan, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya that got released as the IPL teams announced the retention list ahead of IPL 2022 Auctions. Let's take a look at the key players that got released by the franchises.
Khan reached the milestone when he dismissed Martin Guptill in Afghanistan's T20 World Cup fixture against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi
With an excellent return of 2/14 from his full quota of four overs, Ashwin, who was playing a white-ball game after four years, was one of the architects of India's 66-run win against Afghanistan, which kept their slim chance of reaching the semi-finals alive.
Afghanistan, who have played four games in the Super 12 stage, are sitting at the second spot, with four points and a net-run rate of +1.481, and are up against the Black Caps on Sunday in their final Super 12 game.
It could well be a case of joining the party two games too late but a solid batting show to first score 210 for 2 and then bowl the disciplined lines to restrict Afghanistan to 144 for 7 kept their billion-plus fans interested.
There are sports stories of individuals who braved the odds and come out smiling at the end of what might have appeared an endless ordeal. The entire story of Afghanistan cricket belongs to this genre.
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Afghanistan gave a fitting farewell to the former captain as they notched up a convincing 62-run over Namibia on Sunday to keep their semifinal hopes alive in the tournament.
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World's top leg-spinner Rashid Khan carried Afghanistan's hopes but by the time he came to bowl Pakistan had put 72 runs on board in 10 overs.
T20 World Cup 2021: Rashid Khan pleads for peaceful Afghanistan-Pakistan contest after violence-marred 2019 clash
Afghanistan's star spinner Rashid played in that 50-over World Cup game at a packed Headingley in Leeds in 2019.
Chasing a daunting 191 for victory, Scotland were bowled out for 60 in 10.2 overs with five batters dismissed for ducks in Sharjah.
Check out some of the best photos from Afghanistan's 130-run win over Scotland in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup.
T20 World Cup 2021: After chaotic build-up, Afghanistan open their campaign against spirited Scotland
Notwithstanding their controversial build-up, Afghanistan have shown what they are capable of in the two-warm ups that they played in the lead up to the tournament.
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Appearing in his second T20 World Cup, Rashid feels spinners are always "effective" on pitches at three venues in the UAE, where the Super 12s, the semi-finals and final will be played.
Campher took a hat-trick and then struck again to return figures of 4-26 as Netherlands were dismissed for 106 in the Group A opener in Abu Dhabi.
Ireland seam bowler Campher on Monday became only the third man to take four wickets in four balls in a Twenty20 International.
The great West Indian T20 side was made to bite the dust by some spirited Afghans who beat them by 6 runs in a nail-biter in the 2016 World T20.