Afghanistan have proved once again that they cannot be taken lightly. They had just lost the ODI series to the Windies 3-0. They had also lost the first T20I. However, they managed to bounce back and win the T20I series 2-1. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the T20I series between Afghanistan and the Windies:
1) Rashid Magic
The Afghan fightback was led by Rashid Khan. Time and again, he has proved to be the saviour for his team. Especially in the deciding match, he managed to control the flow of runs when his team needed it the most. Rashid has continued to improve as a cricketer, and he surely has a long and prolific career ahead of him.
2) Gritty Gurbaz
Afghanistan have found a gem of a cricketer in Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The young wicketkeeper had a superb series. He was agile behind the stumps, and also made some important contributions with the bat. Although his other more prolific team-mates will take the applause, Gurbaz has certainly proved his worth.
3) Poor Pollard
Keiron Pollard was poor with the bat in this series. He did not take responsibility for his team. Even though he was made the captain, he did not justify this tag. He should have led his team out of the tricky situations that they were in. Especially in the third T20I, he had the chance to take his team to a win, but he threw it away.
To sum up, this series showed us that these two teams are very closely matched. The way that Afghanistan bounced back, they will be extremely upbeat. The Windies will be deflated and will hope to recover soon.