Rashid Khan's words inspired Afghanistan to dig deep and upset the Sri Lankans

Afghanistan is making waves in the World Cup 2023, capturing the attention and admiration of fans. Unlike their dismal performance in the 2019 edition, where they lost all games, the team has now secured three wins against England, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. With six points in hand and three more games to go, Afghanistan is determined to push their limits and stay in contention for a top-four finish.

Following their convincing victory over Sri Lanka, a video shared by the ICC showcased a pivotal moment in the Afghan team’s journey. Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan, in a motivational huddle before the match, inspired his teammates with a powerful pep talk, urging them to give their all on the field.

“Keep these three things in mind. First, give your all in every ball—whether it’s batting, bowling, or fielding. Concentrate solely on battling the other team. Forget about the result; instead, pay attention to the details, as they will contribute to the larger picture. Fight for each ball,” Rashid Khan said.

“Even when I step onto the pitch to bowl later, I’ll give my full effort for the team, regardless of how wet the ball is. Whether we’re bowling first or second, we’ll trust ourselves in every moment and give it our all. Thousands pray for us and tune in to watch our matches, eager to witness Afghanistan’s victory. Cricket is the sole source of joy and happiness in Afghanistan,” he added.

“As a team, let’s avoid pressure, instead, concentrate solely on putting in the effort. People crave witnessing genuine, honest effort, not just the outcome. So, as a team, we’ll step up, give our best, and most importantly, ensure we maintain smiles on our faces. Keep going, boys,” he concluded.

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Afghanistan’s outstanding performance in the tournament signifies a remarkable change from being seen as underdogs to becoming giant killers. They are proving their strength by defeating strong opponents and establishing themselves as a formidable force.