Ashwin helping Mujeeb evolve

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 May 2018 12:15:46


NEW DELHI

LEADERSHIP plays an important role in a player’s development and young Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb-ur Rahman’s improved performance has a lot to do with playing under the wings of Ravichandran Ashwin, Kings XI Punjab chief coach Brad Hodge insisted. All of 17, Mujeeb has played in KXIP’s all seven games with seven wickets at an economy rate of 6.51. Ashwin in fact wanted the teenager to defend 17 runs against Delhi Daredevils atKotla and here sponded to his captain’s call by restricting the opposition to 12 runs. “Mujeebhasshowna great level of composure. At such young age,he has confidence in his abilities. I would also give credit to Ashwin’s leadershipskills.Hehas been very encouraging. Good leaders help talented players get to thenextlevel,”Hodge toldPTI during an inter action on Tuesday. For Hodge, itis importantthat Mujeeb is nurtured in a proper fashion as he is immensely talented. “Mujeeb is a very simple human being. Therefore, it is important that one makes him aware about the various processes without making it complicated. Communication is one issue but we have very capable assistant coaches, who would pass any specific message that needs to be conveyed to him,” Hodge said. Hodge, who was an acclaimed T20 freelancer during his playing days (he represented 16 various domestic T20 teams), is enjoying his partnership with KXIP’s Director of Cricket Virender Sehwag. So how have they segregated their roles, Hodge replied: “It is apartnershipofcricketingminds andthat’s thepartoftheprocess. Together, we discuss the strategies.Itis aperfectmixture oftaking collective decisions that would benefit the team.”