Exclusive: ‘Cricket is all about love….watch the ball and hit’ – Rahmanullah Gurbaz

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Rahmanullah Gurbaz has become a familiar name in cricket. The Afghan hotshot is one swashbuckling player who loves to score runs for fun and takes on bowlers at his will.

The 21-year-old has been an asset to Afghanistan, making his name with some excellent displays for his country. The Indian fans have also become familiar with the player as he played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2023.

The Afghanistan star has played in different franchise leagues and his record is quite impressive. But now Gurbaz will shift his focus to the shortest version of the game, which is T10 cricket.

In the upcoming Zim Afro T10 tournament, Gurbaz was picked up as one of the marquee players for Cape Town Samp Army. The tournament starts from 20th July and ahead of that, the Afghan player has opened up on his thoughts on the challenges associated with the different versions of the game.

“Good Question (smiles). I can say one thing cricket is all about love. I love every format. I just want to play cricket and I don’t think about any format,” Gurbaz said to MyKhel when asked about his favourite format.

Despite Gurbaz’s success in the shorter versions, the player believes T10 brings a different challenge in players and often demands just hitting the ball.

“T10 is a very short format and tough competition for batsmen as you have to score runs from the very first ball,” he added.

“T10 is a bit faster as you don’t have much time and you have to score runs faster for the team. I think there is not much difference as only watch the ball and hit the ball,” Gurbaz concluded.

The Afghanistan star will be hoping to shine for his team in the tournament. Gurbaz scored 227 runs for KKR in his maiden IPL campaign this year. For Afghanistan, Gurbaz has scored 779 runs at an average of 39 in ODIs. In T20Is, the batter has 1035 runs at an average of 24.

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