Afghanistan is all set to play their opening game in the ongoing World Cup 2019 against Australia and the main attention would be on their talismanic spinner Rashid Khan. Before the start of the game, Rashid spoke to cricket.co.au about his habit of collecting bats from best players in the world.

When you are (learning) the skills of batting, you need to have a good bat. I got a few from the players. I got one from Virat (Kohli), I got from Davey (David Warner), I got one from KL Rahul and those are special bats. That will help me to make some runs in the World Cup,” said Rashid. Interestingly, he went on to reveal about the bat he got from Indian skipper Virat Kohli, which was later stolen by then Afghan skipper Asghar Afghan.

When I was batting with the bat against Ireland, I flicked one for four – I wanted to hit a boundary and it went for six. I was like ‘what happened? That went for six? I was like ‘there is something in the bat’. I loved the bat. It was like every ball I hit went for six. There was something special in that bat. As soon as I came to the pavilion, our previous captain Asghar Afghan, he came up to me and said, ‘give me that bat’ and I was like ‘oh no’.

He had already taken it out from my bag and put it in his own bag. That was a special bat, from a special player as well. He took that bat and I hope he doesn’t do well with that and gives it back,” Rashid recalled with a smile.Interestingly, during 2016 World T20I game, Virat was spotted giving his bat to Pakistani speedster Mohammad Amir.