Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi has revealed concern for his mother persuaded him to go against medical advice after being hit in the helmet by a 92mph bouncer from England‘s Mark Wood.
The 24-year-old batsman was floored after turning his back on a brutish delivery from the paceman.
It looked certain that he would be forced to retire hurt but he was on his feet surprisingly quickly. Hashmatullah said those who attended him in the middle instructed him to leave the field but he opted to stay in place, adding another 52 runs after the incident to top score with 76.
Runs on the board are unlikely to persuade those who feel cricket can be too lax in its approach to concussion and head injuries, but there was no denying the emotional weight of Hashmatullah’s explanation.
“I got up early because of my mum,” he said.
“One of the reasons I got up so quickly is because my mum is always thinking of me. I lost my father last year so I didn’t want her to hurt. My whole family was watching, even my big brother was here in the ground watching. I didn’t want them to be worried for me.”
Those are admirable sentiments from a plucky cricketer, but the remainder of his account offered reason for concern.
“The ICC doctors came to me, and our physios, and my helmet was broken in the middle,” he recalled.
“They just told me just, ‘let’s go’. I told them I can’t leave my team-mate at that moment. My team needed me, I carried on.
“After the match I went to the ICC doctor and talked to them. They took care of me and said it will be fine, inshallah.”
A team official, Naveed Sayeh, confirmed Hashmatullah had acted against advice in continuing his innings.
He said: “The doctors told him, ‘please come off’ and to leave the ground. He told them, ‘no, I’m now OK so I’ll continue my batting’.”
Hashim Amla returned to the crease in the tournament’s opening fixture after being hit on the helmet by England’s Jofra Archer only to be subsequently ruled out of the following fixture with concussion.
Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib earlier pleaded ignorance when asked about a reported incident at a Manchester restaurant the night before the game.
A confrontation is alleged to have taken place with a member of the public at a curry house, but had no information to offer.
“No, I haven’t, so you can ask my security officer. I didn’t know anything about him, about them,” he said.
“It’s not a big issue for the team, for me.”
A statement released by Greater Manchester Police read: “Shortly after 11.15pm on Monday 17 June 2019, police were called to reports of an altercation at a premises on Liverpool Road in Manchester.
“Officers attended the scene. No one was injured and no arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing.”
England captain Eoin Morgan admitted he was in a state of disbelief after he smashed an ODI world record 17 sixes in his 148 during his side’s win over Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Morgan’s sensational innings was the foundation of England’s 397 for 6 – a total which included 25 sixes, also an ODI world best.
Watch the skipper speak about his knock above:
The biggest prize in cricket is up for grabs this summer as the top 10 teams battle it out in the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.
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Here, we help you navigate through the sixth round which includes five matches and begins on Thursday with Australia’s clash against the West Indies.
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It is the Men in Blue who have the easiest game on paper in round six with Virat Kohli’s side set to take on tournament minnows Afghanistan. The Afghans have been beaten in all five games so far and have looked vulnerable with the bat.
Do not expect them to perform miracles against an India side firing on all cylinders. India’s top performers so far should be in high demand for the sixth round along with an in-form England outfit. The two teams have been the stand-out sides so far and have momentum coming into the latest round.
England take on Sri Lanka in round six and they should prove too strong for the subcontinent side, who have lost three of their five matches to date.
Virat Kohli (11 credits)
The India skipper has already garnered 177 runs in three innings so far without even kicking into top gear. Excellent displays by India’s openers has meant Kohli has not spent as much time in the middle as he would have liked but still continues to deliver the goods with astonishing efficiency when called upon.
He has scores of 82 and 77 in his recent outings and should relish the prospect of taking on the Afghan bowling attack.
Rohit Sharma (10 credits)
A big reason why Kohli has not really been in the limelight is the form of Rohit at the top. The opening batsman’s three innings to date have yielded two tons and one half-century and he looks to be unstoppable at present.
Joe Root (10 credits)
The England stalwart is the glue that ties together an explosive batting unit and he has performed that job with distinction in this World Cup. Root is averaging nearly 92 with the bat and has already registered two tons while coming agonisingly close to a third against Afghanistan.
Kuldeep Yadav (8 credits)
The India wrist-spinner is starting to rediscover his best and will be licking his lips at the prospect of bowling to Afghanistan’s batsmen. He had a poor IPL campaign but looked in menacing form against Pakistan where he picked up two crucial wickets.
Jofra Archer (8.5 credits)
Sri Lanka’s batting hasn’t looked solid and they will have their task cut out against Archer who is in scorching form. The newly capped England pacer has clinched three-wicket hauls on four separate occasions in the tournament and his mean bouncers and pinpoint yorkers could be too hot to handle for the Lankans.
Pat Cummins (9 credits)
The Australian pacer has been his usual consistent self so far and has shared the new-ball responsibility excellently along with Mitchell Starc. Cummins has been averaging under 19 with the ball in the tournament and has already claimed 12 wickets in five games.
Hardik Pandya (9 credits)
In keeping with the India heavy theme, Hardik could be a smart pick as the all-rounder option. The 25-year-old has already played three quick-fire cameos with the bat in the death overs while his medium pace saw his fetch two wickets against Pakistan.
He is yet to truly explode in the tournament and the Afghanistan clash might just be what he needs to do that.
Shakib Al Hasan (9 credits)
The Bangladesh star has arguably been the player of the tournament so far with 384 runs along with five wickets with the ball. The southpaw is enjoying batting in the No3 slot and is the highest run-getter in the tournament with the help of two tons and as many half-centuries.
Shai Hope (9.5 credits)
The Windies wicketkeeper-batsman has been in stellar form in ODI cricket over the past year or so and has carried the same destructive displays into the World Cup. He has managed two half centuries in three innings so far including a knock of 96 against Bangladesh and is averaging nearly 49.
Should carry on his excellent form against South Africa.
CAPTAIN: Rohit Sharma
VICE CAPTAIN: Jofra Archer