Ace cricketer Rashid Khan may be passing through his hour of glory but the issue of his Indian citizenship became a debate between Indian citizens and Afghan President.
The 19-year-old man of the moment dedicated his match-winning performance in the IPL’s second qualifier to those who lost their lives in his native – the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
The leg-spinner’s stellar all-round performance lifted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a 14-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders.
The team now passes into the final of the Indian Premier League’s 11st edition where they will come up against the Chennai Super Kings.
Rashid received high praise from the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who described him as the “best T20 spinner in the world”.
The Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani called him a hero.
So impressed were the Indian cricket lovers that they wondered on the social media if Rashid could be given an
Indian citizenship and allowed to play for India.
Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to respond to this, saying, ““I have seen all the tweets. Citizenship matters are dealt with by Ministry of Home affairs.”
However, the tweet was later deleted from her Twitter handle.
In his response, the Afghan president tweeted, “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 (sic). He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No, we are not giving him away,” president said.>