It was tough to leave my ailing mother in the hospital but KKR is also family: Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Ahmedabad. Afghanistan's wicketkeeper batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz said that he left his sick mother in the hospital to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL playoffs against Sunrisers Hyderabad because he considers this team as his family. Gurbaz, who played his first match this season, played an important role in KKR's victory by taking two wickets and scoring 23 runs in 14 balls. He came in the team in place of England's Phil Salt. KKR defeated Sunrisers by eight wickets and made it to the finals.
Gurbaz told the media after the match, “A cricketer should always know what he has to do. Very few cricketers get to play in league cricket. One should perform his best when he gets the chance. One should always be ready even if he doesn't get the chance.” He said, “My mother is still ill. I went there and I got a call from here that Phil Salt is going. He said Gurbaz we need you. I said okay, I am coming. My mother is in the hospital and I am constantly talking to her but this is also my family. I have to balance both. It is difficult but necessary.”
Gurbaz said that KKR had decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Sunrisers captain Pat Cummins' decision to bat after winning the toss proved wrong. Gurbaz said, “We know how strong Sunrisers' batting is. We should know the target so that we can play accordingly. We bowled well and restricting a team like Sunrisers to 160 runs was a big thing.” He said that the players of Afghanistan have their eyes on the T20 World Cup to be held next month because playing for the country is more important than franchise cricket.

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