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Brian Lara: Rashid was not a wicket-taker



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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH batting) coach Brian Lara reckoned that his side is doing well without their ex-player Rashid Khan.

Sunrisers Hyderabad did not retain Rashid before the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season after the premier leg spinner had served the franchise between 2017 to 2021. The Afghan spinner picked 93 wickets in 76 games with an impressive 6.33 economy rate.

"I have a great respect for Rashid Khan but I believe we have the right combination. Rashid Khan was someone who opposition teams decided to defend against, he was not much of a wicket-taker," Lara said Star Sports after SRH's win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

"Yes (economy of) 5.5-6 runs per over is great, but I think when you have a guy like Washington Sundar spinning the ball into the left-handers in the first six overs, he is an asset. Suchith has come in as his replacement due to injury and he is an asset as well," Lara added.

After releasing Rashid, SRH went for Washington Sundar, Jagadeesha Suchith and Shreyas Gopal to bolster their spin attack ahead of IPL 2022. While Sundar impressed in the few matches he played for the franchise before getting injured, Suchith has been bowling well after finding a spot in the playing XI as Sundar's replacement.