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1. Afghanistan Shocks England in World Cup to Bring Joy to Earthquake-Stricken Country
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3. Mujeeb Ur Rahman Dedicates Dramatic World Cup Win Over England to His Countrymen
A Stunning Upset for Afghanistan in the World Cup Puts Smiles on Earthquake- Affected Country
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan on Sunday spoke out after their unexpected and dominating 69-run victory over England in the World Cup. This unexpected win has brought relief and joy to the faces of the Afghans suffering from a series of devastating earthquakes.
“This big win has brought us all the more belief that we can beat any opponent. It has given us an energy boost for the rest of the World Cup,” Rashid declared during a post-game interview. He went on to explain the positive effect the win has created in his homeland: “Cricket is what brings joy to our people back home. This great victory against none other than the reigning champions England is monumental for us. Specifically, with recent earthquakes impacting us, you could say getting this win will put back smiles”
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, awardee of the acclaimed Man of the Match of the game, dedicated his achievement to the countrymen back home. In answer to the question of how he and his team set out on Sunday, and what they hoped to get out of the match, Rashid answered that he instructed them to go all-out as if there were no expectations – a simple reminder to “fight until the end”.
Rashid also commented on their teammate Mudeen, “Mujeeb has been putting his all in for us in many ways. We’ve been in the nets together; batting, bowling and discussing the best way to approach the wicket. Sharing our experiences has been greatly beneficial. We’re all lucky to have each other.”
After this amazing win, Afghanistan commemorated the achievements of two of their teammates, both of whom completed 100th game. Rashid beamed, “We said we’d celebrate after a win, and that’s exactly what will make this victory even more memorable.”
England captain, Jos Butler, said in response to the match that his team will need to gather resilience to get over this and make a successful comeback. He added that while they had won the toss, they had failed to execute their strategy proper – a mistake which would cost them the match. Mujeeb, on the otherhand, spoke of his feat of bowling in the powerplay and stated, “It’s not easy being a spinner to perform in the powerplay so I’ve trained a lot. I have not allowed much room for error and have practised to bowl in the right areas.”
This match was a historic win for Afghanistan and especially so for the people of the nation suffering through numerous earthquakes. Teams, players and especially Afghanistan’s countrymen back home all celebrated and rejoiced in the victory. It was a momentous thing to witness.