The 2023 World Cup witnessed its initial significant surprise when Afghanistan triumphed over the reigning champions, England, by a commanding 69-run margin in an electrifying match held in Delhi on October 15, Sunday. This victory marked Afghanistan’s first-ever win against England. The Afghan spinners, capitalizing on the favorable conditions, posed numerous challenges for the English team while defending a target of 285 runs. Renowned cricketer Sachin Tendulkar extended his congratulations to Afghanistan for their significant victory & also noted that England’s batsmen erred in their approach by attempting to decipher the spin off the pitch rather than from the bowler’s hand.
Wonderful all-round effort by Afghanistan led by a solid knock from @RGurbaz_21.
Bad day for @ECB_cricket.
Against quality spinners, you have to read them from their hand, which the England batters failed to do. They read them off the pitch instead, which I felt led to their… pic.twitter.com/O4TACfKh21
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 15, 2023
The trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi displayed remarkable skills, collectively taking eight wickets. Although the pitch at the Arun Jaitley Stadium didn’t offer extreme turn, it still favored the spinners to some extent, highlighting the exceptional abilities of Afghanistan’s spin bowlers.
The emerging talent, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, widely regarded as a future batting sensation, received acclaim from the legendary ‘Master Blaster’ for his outstanding performance during the ODI World Cup 2023 match, where he scored a remarkable 80 runs from 57 deliveries.
In their 2019 World Cup encounter, Rashid Khan conceded a total of 110 runs in his nine overs when Afghanistan faced England. Fast forward four years to their latest encounter against the same adversary, and the spin maestro showcased a remarkable performance, concluding with figures of 3/37. Remarkably, he secured the final wicket for England, contributing significantly to Afghanistan’s most prestigious victory in international cricket.