IPL 2018: Indian cricket fans and social media users are hailing teenage Afghan sensation Rashid Khan after his brilliant performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League. After the 19-year-old leg-spinner helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to beat Kolkata Knight Riders, fans have even demanded an Indian citizenship for him so that he can represent India. The request was noticed by Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj who even responded to it. Swaraj took to social media and said that the issue of awarding Indian citizenship to any foreigner comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs. “I have seen all the tweets. Citizenship matters are dealt with by Ministry of Home affairs,” Swaraj wrote on Twitter. The tweet now has been deleted from her twitter feed.
Now, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has joined the discussion on social media regarding the talented Afghan star. The Afghanistan President tweeted that his nation’s citizens take pride in their hero, Rashid Khan and clarified he will not allow Rashid Khan to go anywhere as ‘he remains an asset to the cricketing world’. Further, he conveyed his gratitude to Indian Premier League for giving Rashid the platform to perform and display his talents.
Indians are calling for honorary citizenship for @rashidkhan_19. Hoping Afghanistan will produce more of such amazing talents.
— Akmal Dawi (@akmaldawi) May 25, 2018
— Kaustubh Dhonde (@kaustubh_dhonde) May 25, 2018
Wife demands honorary Indian citizenship for Rashid Khan. #SRHvCSK
— Kartik Dayanand (@KartikDayanand) May 22, 2018
— Rolee Kachru (@Rolee_Kachru) May 25, 2018
— Karthick (@Karthic21386233) May 26, 2018
“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 said in a tweet.
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
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) May 25, 2018
Rashid Khan, a teenage sensation from Afghanistan has been making headlines after a sterling performance against Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier of T20 Indian Premier League. Termed as the ‘Best T20 Spinner in the World’ by Sachin Tendulkar, Rashid on Friday scored 34 of 10 balls and took three wickets for 19 runs to propel Kane Williamson’s team into IPL final for the second time in Sunrisers’ Hyderabad three years of participation.