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‘Very good all-round cricketer…’: Justin Langer hails Arshad Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Rising left-arm pacer Arshad Khan was praised by Lucknow Super Giants head coach Justin Langer for his all-around performance against the Delhi Capitals in the current Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.
With his counter-attacking knock, Arshad gave LSG fans hope for a comeback just when it seems all was lost when chasing 209.
With nearly eight overs remaining, LSG was struggling at 101/6 after Nicholas Pooran was removed by Axar Patel.With a blistering 61 off 27 deliveries, Pooran stood out among the other batsmen who could not score runs.
After a few deliveries, Arshad showed the DC bowlers who was in control of the Delhi pitch.
He hit Kuldeep Yadav with a straight maximum that went down the ground. The 26-year-old then embarked on a run-scoring spree.
“I think Arshad is a very, very good cricketer. He swung the ball early, he is a good fieldsman and to be able to bat like that, he is a very good package. I thought, while watching the tournament, that he has good potential and he showed some of that tonight. Particularly with his bowling, he can be a real handful and a very good all-round cricketer,” Langer said in the post-match press conference while praising Arshad.
Arshad’s undefeated 58 off 33 deliveries included three boundaries and five massive sixes.
Although teams have racked up enormous totals in most venues, LSG has had a mixed bag of games in their home stadium. High-scoring chases have been aided by the batting side’s dominance and the first innings’ explosive powerplay.
Langer believes that Lucknow’s surface has been the greatest wicket of the current season despite the high-scoring games.
“I think Lucknow wicket is the best cricket wicket in the competition because there has been a real contest between bat and ball. Whereas a lot of this tournament has been one-sided towards the bat. We haven’t capitalised on the powerplay like some of the other teams have. I thought if we had been a little bit more intelligent with our batting today, it was a chaseable score on this wicket,” Langer stated.
The recent high-scoring tendency in the ongoing season of the lucrative league has generated a lot of discussion.
DC head coach Ricky Ponting, had earlier declared that the team with superior batting efficiency will prevail in the competition.
Langer said he was excited to see if players could play “ultra-aggressive” cricket in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, given the ongoing changes to the game. The tournament is scheduled to take place in the USA and the West Indies in June.
“So much has transformed the game and whether they can continue to do it in the World Cup, only time will tell but it has certainly been ultra-aggressive cricket,” Langer said.
LSG will play their final game of the group stage on Friday against Mumbai Indians.
(With ANI inputs)

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