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Rashid Khan: A T20 Superstar

Rashid Khan is considered to be one of the best teenage cricketers of his times. Rashid’s early life was spent in a refugee camp in Peshawar, where he developed a passion for cricket after watching Shahid Afridi play and soon started to idolize him. He imitated his hero's quick-arm action and worked hard to develop different variations to succeed in this cruel batting-dominated sport.

Over the years, he has made a name for himself in international cricket as well as in the toughest T20 league competition, the Indian T20 League.

  • Personal Details
  • Current Rankings
  • Career Beginning
  • Career Summary
  • Captaincy Record
  • Bio
    • Early Life
    • Entry into International Cricket
    • First from Afghanistan in the Indian T20 League
    • Test Cricket and World Cup
    • Leading the Country
  • Records and Achievements
    • International Cricket
    • League Cricket
  • FAQs

Personal Details

Name Rashid Khan
Date of Birth 20th September 1998
Birthplace Nangarhar
Height 5′9″
Playing Role Bowler
Batting Style Right-handed batsman
Bowling Style Right-arm leg break
Teams Played For Asia XI, ICC World XI, Afghanistan U-19, Sussex, Afghanistan, Adelaide S, Hyderabad, Barbados, Guyana, Comilla Warriors, Quetta Gladiators, Lahore Qalandars, Band-e-Amir Dragons, Maratha Arabians, Kabul Zwanan, Durban Heat, Rotterdam Rhinos, Trent Rockets

Current Rankings

ICC Rankings Test ODI T20
Bowling 32 13 2

Career Beginning

Test Debut vs. India at Bangalore, 14 Jun. 2018
ODI Debut vs. Zimbabwe at Bulawayo, 18 Oct. 2015
T20I Debut vs. Zimbabwe at Bulawayo, 26 Oct. 2015
Indian T20 League Debut vs. Bangalore at Hyderabad, 05 April 2017

Career Summary

Batting

Format M Runs HS Avg SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct
Test 5 106 51 vs. Ban 15.14 79.69 0 1 11 4 -
ODI 74 1008 60* vs. Ire 20.57 103.27 0 5 86 36 25
T20I 51 179 33 vs. WI 13.76 128.77 0 0 11 11 20
IT20L 62 139 34* vs. Kolkata 8.68 149.46 0 0 8 11 18

Bowling

Format M Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 3W 5W 10W
Test 5 34 7/137 vs. Zim 2.97 22.35 45.11 1 4 2
ODI 70 140 7/18 vs. WI 4.18 18.57 26.65 13 4 0
T20I 51 95 5/3 vs. Ire 6.21 12.63 12.18 10 2 0
IT20L 62 75 3/7 vs. Delhi 6.24 20.49 19.68 9 0 0 0

Rashid Khan’s Bio

Early Life

Rashid Khan was born in 1998 in Nangarhar, Eastern Afghanistan, and has 10 siblings. His family fled the Afghan war when he was still young and lived in a Pakistan refugee camp for a few years. They later returned to Afghanistan, resuming their normal life as Rashid continued his schooling. He grew up playing cricket with his brothers and idolized Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who he styled his bowling action on.

Entry into International Cricket

A few months after his 17th birthday, Rashid Khan got the opportunity to represent his country. He made his ODI debut for Afghanistan in 2015 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo and went on to make his T20 international debut against the same team a few days later.

The young Afghan leggie did not take long to make an impression and was soon dominant in the Associate Nations, especially in the shortest version of the game. Donning leg-spin's modern version, Rashid outnumbers leg breaks with googlies and executes them with superb consistency and unpredictability. He bowls straight lines and at a quick pace, not allowing the batsmen any time to get to the pitch of the ball. On 7th December 2016, he made his first-class debut for Afghanistan against England Lions in Abu Dhabi, taking 4 for 48 and 8 for 74, and scoring 25* and 52 with the bat. He is gradually turning into a good first-class bowler, as evident by his 8-wicket match tally in Afghanistan's innings win over Ireland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup match at Greater Noida.

First from Afghanistan in the Indian T20 League

On 10th March 2017, Khan took his maiden T20I 5-wicket haul in the second T20I against Ireland. His figures of 5 wickets for 3 runs is the best bowling performance by an Afghan cricketer in a T20I and the joint fourth-best figures. This caught many eyeballs and he was selected by the Hyderabad franchise for the Indian T20 League.

Rashid was bought by the Hyderabad team before the 2017 edition for ₹4 crores. He was amongst the two first-ever Afghan players to be selected for the league. The other player is Mohammad Nabi. He made his debut in the opening fixture of the 2017 tournament, taking 2 wickets, as Hyderabad won the match by 35 runs. He finished the tournament as the sixth-highest wicket taker with 17 wickets in 14 matches. On 5th May 2018, during the 2018 edition, Rashid played his 100th T20 match. Rashid has represented a number of big teams in the T20 Leagues over the years: Adelaide S, Guyana, Barbados, Quetta and Lahore. In September 2017, he took a hat-trick for Guyana, the first hat-trick in the history of the Caribbean T20 League. Rashid's career graph went upward and he became one of the rising stars of Afghanistan cricket. His 7-wicket haul in an ODI match against West Indies made him the first Associate nation cricketer to achieve this feat. In 2018, the ICC named him the Associate Cricketer of the Year. In February 2018, the ICC named Khan as one of the 10 players to watch ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.

Test Cricket and World Cup

The outstanding performance of Rashid Khan coincided with the great success of Afghanistan at the Associate level and soon enough, the ICC promoted them to Full Membership and granted them the Test status. On 14th June 2018, he made his Test debut for Afghanistan against India. In February 2019, he took 5 wickets for 82 runs during the Test match against Ireland in India, thus becoming the first bowler from Afghanistan to take a 5-wicket haul in a Test match.

In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Expectations were quite high from Rashid Khan in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and the ICC named him as one of the five exciting talents making their Cricket World Cup debut. However, he had a disappointing tournament and it reflected in the ordinary performance of Afghanistan. On 18th June 2019, in a match against England, Rashid bowled the most expensive spell in a Cricket World Cup match, conceding 110 runs from his nine overs.

Leading the Country

The outstanding performance of Rashid Khan coincided with the great success of Afghanistan at the Associate level and soon enough, the ICC promoted them to Full Membership and granted them the Test status. On 14th June 2018, he made his Test debut for Afghanistan against India. In February 2019, he took 5 wickets for 82 runs during the Test match against Ireland in India, thus becoming the first bowler from Afghanistan to take a 5-wicket haul in a Test match.

In December 2019, the Afghanistan Cricket Board reappointed Asghar Afghan as the national captain across all three formats to let Rashid concentrate on his bowling. In November 2020, Khan was nominated for the ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Decade award, who went on to win the award the following month.

Records and Achievements

Records and Achievements (H3) By becoming a successful professional cricketer from a nation with no previous cricketing infrastructure, Khan created a path for others to do likewise, such as countrymen Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

International Cricket

The following are some of his key records in international cricket:

  • He was one of the 11 cricketers to play in Afghanistan's first ever Test match, against India in June 2018.
  • He is the fastest and youngest bowler to take 100 wickets in ODIs. He took 44 matches to achieve it, breaking the previous record of 52 matches, set by Mitchell Starc of Australia.
  • In February 2018, he became the youngest player to top the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in ODIs. Later the same month, he also topped the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in T20Is.
  • At the age of 19 years and 165 days, he is the youngest player to captain an international side.
  • He became the youngest cricketer to captain a Test match side at the age of 20 years and 350 days.

League Cricket

Here is a glimpse into some of his best performances in the various T20 Leagues:

  • Rashid is among the two first ever Afghan players to be selected to play in the Indian T20 League.
  • In the fifth season of the Caribbean T20 League in 2017, Rashid took a hattrick for Guyana, the first hattrick in the league’s history.
  • On 20th August 2020, Rashid took his 300th wicket in T20 cricket. At the age of 21 years and 335 days, he became the youngest bowler to take 300 wickets in T20 cricket. He also became the fastest to take 300 wickets in the format, a feat he achieved in 213 matches.
  • In the 9th season of the Australia T20 League in 2019-20, Rashid took the fifth hat-trick in the history of the league.
  • Rashid Khan has taken 75 wickets in four seasons in the Indian T20 League at an average of 20.49. He has the economy rate of 6.24, the best in the league.

Frequently Asked Questions

Has Rashid Khan been captain of Afghanistan?

Following the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Rashid was appointed as captain of the Afghanistan cricket team across all three formats. His first Test match as captain was against Bangladesh in September 2019. He has captained in 2 Tests, 7 ODIs and 7 T20Is so far.

When did Rashid Khan make his international debut?

Rashid Khan made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Afghanistan against Zimbabwe on 18 October 2015 at Bulawayo.

Who discovered Bumrah as a bowling talent?

Bumrah was first spotted by the former India coach John Wright, who worked as a talent scout for the Mumbai Indians in 2013.

Where was Rashid Khan born?

Rashid Khan was born in 1998 in Nangarhar in Eastern Afghanistan. He belongs from Jalalabad, and has ten siblings.

Has Rashid Khan won the Purple Cap?

No. Rashid Khan is yet to win the Purple Cap in the 4 seasons played in the Indian T20 League.

Who is Rashid Khan’s favorite cricketer?

Current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni are his favorite batsmen. In bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Anil Kumble are his favorites.


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