T10 Cricket League: Sindhis vs Rajputs: It is no secret that Afghanistan’s burly wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad is an MS Dhoni fan. Shahzad has in the past also shown that he can execute MS Dhoni’s signature helicopter shot and he gave us a glimpse of it again in the curtain raiser of the T10 Cricket League, where he smashed a surreal 16-ball 74 to help the Rajputs cruise to a 10 wickets win. Also Read - Dean Elgar Willing To Succeed Faf Du Plessis As South Africa’s Test Captain, Says Leadership Comes Naturally to Me
But what caught our attention was a six he hit of Thisara Perera. Also Read - Babar Azam is Very Close to Being in Same League as Virat Kohli, Steve Smith: Misbah-ul-Haq
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He spearheaded the chase for the Rajputs in the tournament opener and helped his side win the match in merely four overs. His blitzkrieg comprised of eight sixes and six fours. Brendon McCullum played a quiet spectator from the other end as he remained unbeaten on 21 off eight balls. Shahzad hit the fastest 50 in the format off 12 balls, something Yuvraj Singh did in the 2007 inaugural World T20. Shahzad’s strike rate was an unbelievable 462.50.
Here are some of his other sixes.
The match over in 18 minutes, something that is unheard off in cricket. Earlier, Rajputs won the toss and opt to bowl. The Rajputs look really strong to go deep in the tournament.
With his recent blitz, he must have caught the eye of franchise owners ahead of the Indian Premier League auctions next month.
Dawid Malan, Anton Devcich, Shane Watson (c), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ben Cutting, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Nawaz, Isuru Udana, Jofra Archer, Fawad Ahmed, Ahmed Raza
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ben Dunk, Brendon McCullum (c), Rilee Rossouw, Laurie Evans, Rohan Mustafa, Carlos Brathwaite, Samit Patel, Munaf Patel, Tymal Mills, Sayed Shirzad