Rashid Khan is not up to the bill in the World Cup
LEEDS: Standing in the middle of the window, Afghanistan The star player was in position to gobble up a shot from West Indian hitter Shai Hope, with only 5 at the time, it was timely but unfortunately he hit a fielder directly.
Rashid put it down, to the amazement of Hope and the Afghanistan fielders.
Hope went on to be West Indies' top scorer with 77 in the group match Afghanistan lost by 23 runs at Headingley on Thursday, piling on the misery for Rashid in a tournament he'll be glad to put behind him.
The 20-year-old Rashid arrived in England as the jewel in the crown of Afghanistan cricket, the country's millionaire player in the Indian Premier League, and the world's top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs.
This was an opportunity for the casual cricket fan to see a star in the process, potentially reaching its own global level.
It goes with only six windows with an average of 69 and an economy of 5.79, and only 105 races in nine entries.
With their best player fighting, the Afghans lost all nine games in the league.
"With Rashid, everyone just expects things from him, especially how he played the last two or three years," Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said. "Rashid has a 60% winning percentage in our team and every game he has 50-60% responsibility for the team. I am also expecting a lot from him but this is cricket.
It gives 100%, but it's bad luck; some lost reviews, decisions of referees, catches fell. If you watch the performances, he did three or four games well, but it's not enough here.
Gulbadin said Afghanistan came into the World Cup -- for their second appearance in the tournament, after 2015 -- looking to win three games but came up against teams who were better prepared and more consistent.
If you look at the team, I'm not happy with the performance of the team, he said. Nobody has played 100% for the team or the country. It is not a professional cricket. Each and every department must be in shape and 100%. Especially the physical condition is a problem for our team, if it is not in shape, nothing will turn out well.
We play very badly here. I am very upset about our performance. We did not give 100% for our audience. I'm sorry for my fans, my country.
The great positive of the game of the West Indies was Ikram Ali Khil, whose footwork and speed between the stands stood out in his 93 ball. It was the highest score of a young man of 18 years in a World Cup, surpassing the blow of Sachin Tendulkar of 84 in 1992.
His innings came to an end when he was trapped lbw by Chris Gayle, at 39 more than double Ikram's age. That sparked a mid-innings collapse of three wickets in 14 balls that Afghanistan couldn't recover from.
I'm upset that a century has been lost, scoring a century in the World Cup is a great time for everyone, said Gulbadin. He is a young man, starting now. He played many cricket matches in the last two or three years, good cricket in the U-19 World Cup and that's why we gave him a chance. He proved his worth here.
"We have more talent in Afghanistan , not only (Ikram). So I hope with this kind of performance like Ikram did, the other guys, if they are given a chance, will prove themselves."
Ikram will come again. So will Rashid, despite his forgettable debut in the World Cup.