In the second qualifier match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between SunRisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, Afghan national Rashid Khan emerged taller with a stellar performance with the ball, bat and fielding. He helped his team SRH defeat KKR by 13 runs.

In response to requests for offering Rashid Khan the Indian citizenship, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani took pride in Rashid Khan’s performance and termed him an asset to the cricketing world . In his Tweet, Ghani also tagged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that they will not give him away.

“Afghans take absolute pride in our hero, Rashid Khan. I am also thankful to our Indian friends for giving our players a platform to show their skills. Rashid reminds us whats best about Afg. He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No we are not giving him away. @narendramodi,” Ghani wrote on Twitter.

 

On Friday, teenager Afgan spinner Rashid Khan smashed whirlwind 34 runs off 10 deliveries with a strike rate of 340 and took 3 wickets for 19 runs and guided his team to the finals of the tournament.

After Rashid Khan’s heroics, Indian cricket fans started requesting for Indian citizenship to Rashid Khan ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.

Acknowledging the request of cricket lovers from across the nation, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj was at her wittiest best on the micro-blogging site.

“I have seen all the tweets. Citizenship matters are dealt with by Ministry of Home affairs,” Swaraj wrote on Twitter.

However, later Sushma Swaraj deleted her Tweet.