Watch: Brian Lara rolls back the years with exquisite strokes against Afghanistan star Rashid Khan during net session
West Indies legend Brian Lara took on Afghanistan's Rashid Khan during a net session in Adelaide.
West Indies legend Brian Lara, who is currently in Australia as part of the broadcasting team for the Tests between the two sides, showed he has still got it in an incredible nets session against Afghanistan's star spinner Rashid Khan. The Afghanistan player is in Australia for the Big Bash League, where he represents the Adelaide Strikers. The BBL season begins on December 13 and Rashid's Strikers will begin their campaign against Sydney Sixers the next day.
Lara, a brilliant spinner of spin during his time as active cricketer, reminded everyone that he still possesses the same skills as he showcased a series of impressive strokes against the current World No.2 T20I bowler.
On two occasions, Lara, 54, produced brilliant feet movement to make space for himself and play an exquisite square cut against Rashid. The Afghanistan spinner couldn't help but pass a smile as he saw the West Indies legend attacking him, years after the former's retirement from the game.
Talking about bowling to Lara, Rashid said ahead of the net session that he was “super excited and nervous” to bowl to the former Windies skipper.
“It is unbelievable,” Khan said, as quoted by FOX Sports Australia.
“As soon as I heard that I was going to bowl to him I was super excited and nervous as well. It is going to be a different day for me bowling to someone like Brian Lara, who is a great player of spin bowling. I think it is going to be a great challenge for me.
“It is not just about winning and losing, but I am heaps proud to bowl to him.”
During the session, Lara was given 12 runs to win off an over from the star spinner; however, it ended in a tie with Lara showcasing his shot-making prowess across both sides of the ground.
Reacting to the session, Lara said, "It was good fun. Low trajectory. I think Rashid may not be in top form at the moment, but it was just awesome and a privilege to face the great man.”