IPL: Yuvraj Singh praises ‘special’ Rasikh Salam

The fast bowler from J&K will be shine in the next two-three years, says Yuvraj.

Rasikh Salam made his IPL debut on Sunday, in the contest against Delhi Capitals.   -  Vivek Bendre

Rasikh Salam, the 17-year-old fast bowler from Jammu & Kashmir, will emerge as a special player in the next few years, according to his Mumbai Indians team-mate Yuvraj Singh.

Rasikh made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut on Monday, in the contest between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. He gave away 42 runs in his four wicketless overs.

“Rasikh swung the ball in the nets, that is why the boys wanted to play him. He got hit for a six and four in the last two balls. Other than that, he bowled well,” Yuvraj, who scored a half-century in the contest, said in an interview with MITV.

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“I think he did fantastic for his first match in terms of handling the pressure. Pretty much like an international game. I feel he is going to be special in the next two-three years,” he added.

‘Great composure’

Shane Bond, the Mumbai Indians bowling coach, also praised Salam. “It was a challenging start but as I said in the pre-camp, things are going to go wrong at times. You are going to bowl a no-ball but the easy thing for Rasikh to do would have been to go to pieces but he certainly didn’t (He had a batsman caught off a free-hit, after delivering a no-ball). I thought he showed great composure and was one of our better bowlers,” Bond said.

Bond also pointed out Salam had the hunger to learn.

Zaheer Khan, Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operations, said: “Even Rohit Sharma is impressed with Rasikh. He was thinking of giving him an opportunity as early in the season as possible, so exciting times ahead.”