England leg-spinner Adil Rashid said his skipper Eoin Morgan never lost faith in his abilities despite a modest performance in the league phase of the World Cup.
Before the semi-final, Rashid had taken just eight wickets for 54 run in the 50-over showpiece. However, Morgan never stopped believing in him and the spinner repaid the faith with a crucial three-wicket haul against Australia that helped England make the final.
“He always has the faith in me from day one till now,” Rashid was quoted as saying by the ICC website.
“There are going to be games where you don’t go well, that’s part and parcel of cricket but he always has the confidence that I can do a job. He’s 100 per cent the best captain I’ve ever played under. He knows my game now inside out,” he added.
“I’ve been with him for four years, through good times and not so good times. He knows my strengths and what I’m capable of.
“We have that trust as well. If he senses something, we’ll go by it. We’re easy-going like that and I 100 per cent trust him in all the decisions he makes,” said Rashid.
Going into the final against New Zealand here on Sunday, Rashid said he is looking to keep up the good work.
“It was nice to contribute and get a few wickets (against Australia in the semifinal), I reckon there’s been a few times I’ve bowled better but not got the rewards. That happens in cricket, sometimes you bowl well and don’t get wickets.
“I want to keep striving, keep looking to work hard and keeping looking to deliver my skills and be confident in that,” said Rashid.