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Rashid Khan – Afghanistan’s Pride

When you look back at cricket history, you will come across several players who have transformed their teams’ fortunes with their talent and performances. Very few, though, have had the kind of impact that Rashid Khan has had on Afghanistan cricket. Drafted into the playing XI soon after their first World Cup adventure in 2015, Rashid and his leg-breaks soon started to confound some of the world’s finest batters.

Such was the impression Rashid made in his first year in international cricket that the Hyderabad team was prepared to shell out ₹4 crores for him at the auction for the 2017 Indian T20 League. Since making his debut for the Hyderabad team later that year, he has never taken less than 17 wickets in a full season. Hyderabad made the play-offs in each of his first 4 seasons, and though they suffered a horrible slump in 2021, Rashid’s performances have continued to be top-notch.

At the international level, he has had an even greater transformative effect. Afghanistan have won 39 of the 50 T20Is played since his debut. Though he didn’t have a great World Cup in 2019, he has been central to most of Afghanistan’s famous victories in each format.

There isn’t really much mystery behind Rashid’s success either. Leg-spin is seen as an exotic art, but Rashid’s greatest strength is his accuracy and the speed with which the ball leaves his wrist, giving batters little time to adjust. A major chunk of Rashid’s 290 wickets have been bowled or leg before wicket, which is testament to how he attacks the stumps.

The 23-year-old decided to go under the hammer instead of preferring to stay with his old franchise. He was bought by the newly formed Gujarat team well before the actual mega auction.

Rashid has already led his country in every format. Despite the turmoil in Afghanistan, he continues to be the trump card for the national side in a format where not even a handful of batters can claim to have figured him out.

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Rashid Khan’s Personal Details

    • Name
    • :
    • Rashid Khan Arman
    • Date of Birth
    • :
    • 20th September 1998
    • Birthplace
    • :
    • Nangarhar
    • Height
    • :
    • 5′6″
    • Bowling Style
    • :
    • Right-arm legbreak googly
    • Playing Role
    • :
    • Bowler
    • Major Teams Played For
    • :
    • Afghanistan, Hyderabad team, Gujarat team

Rashid Khan’s Current Rankings

Rashid Khan Career Summary

    • Format
    • M
    • Inn
    • Wickets
    • Best Bowling
    • Avg
    • SR
    • ER
    • 4W
    • 5W
    • CT
    • Test
    • 5
    • 9
    • 34
    • 7/137 vs ZIM
    • 22.35
    • 45.10
    • 2.97
    • 1
    • 4
    • 0
    • ODI
    • 80
    • 76
    • 140
    • 7/18 vs WI
    • 18.68
    • 26.90
    • 4.15
    • 5
    • 4
    • 25
    • T20I
    • 58
    • 58
    • 105
    • 5/3 vs IRE
    • 12.92
    • 12.50
    • 6.18
    • 4
    • 2
    • 20

Rashid Khan - Key Skills and Strengths

Rashid’s biggest strength is that he rarely has a bad game. Even when not taking wickets, Rashid rarely gives batters anything to hit. He doesn’t turn his leg-break dramatically, but has a wickedly disguised googly that has done tremendous damage to the opposition batting over the years. His subtle trademark turn also ensures that bowled and leg-before dismissals are always part of the equation. Lower down the order, he is also a powerful striker of the cricket ball.

Rashid Khan’s Captaincy Record

    • Format
    • Matches
    • Won
    • Lost
    • Tie
    • NR
    • Test
    • 2
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • ODI
    • 7
    • 1
    • 6
    • 0
    • 0
    • T20I
    • 7
    • 4
    • 3
    • 0
    • 0

Rashid Khan’s Awards and Achievements

Rashid has enjoyed almost uninterrupted success since his debut for the Afghanistan cricket team in October 2015. Having made his first impression at the tender age of 17, the records have continued to tumble as Rashid and his Afghan teammates establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with.

Here are some of Rashid’s biggest records and achievements in international cricket:

  • In December 2020, the ICC named him the T20I Cricketer of the Decade, ahead of the likes of Virat Kohli.

  • His T20I bowling average of 12.63 is the best in the game’s history.

  • In 2018, he was the youngest to top the ICC’s ODI bowling rankings.

  • Rashid is by far the quickest to reach 100 ODI wickets, getting to the milestone in 44 matches, 8 fewer than Mitchell Starc.

  • Currently he has the best bowling average in the history of ODIs (18.57), marginally better than Joel Garner, the West Indies legend.

Rashid Khan’s Indian T20 League Journey

Drafted into the Hyderabad team in 2017, Rashid’s impact was immediate. The novelty didn’t wear off either, as he helped them get to the final in 2018. After four straight play-off appearances with Rashid on the team, Hyderabad endured a nightmare season in 2021. However, Rashid remained unaffected , continuing to deceive batters with his subtle variations in turn and pace. He will be playing for the Gujarat side this time after the new franchise spent ₹15 crores for his services.

Here are some of his biggest achievements in the Indian T20 League:

  • Rashid’s economy rate of 6.23 is the best in the history of the league. The 3 players he’s ahead of – Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan – are some of the biggest names in cricket lore.

  • In his four full seasons in the Indian T20 League, Rashid has not finished outside the top 11 in the Most Valuable Player rankings.

  • Of those with more than 50 wickets in the league, only Kagiso Rabada and Lasith Malinga have a better bowling average than Rashid’s 20.26.

  • Taking a minimum of 20 overs, only Muralitharan in 2009 (5.22) has bettered Rashid’s economy rate (5.37) during the 2020 season.

    • Format
    • M
    • Wickets
    • Best Bowling
    • Avg
    • SR
    • ER
    • 4W
    • 5W
    • CT
    • Indian T20 League
    • 76
    • 93
    • 3/7 vs Delhi
    • 20.55
    • 19.48
    • 6.33
    • 0
    • 0
    • 20

Rashid Khan: FAQs

What did Rashid study at Islamia College in Peshawar?

He enrolled to study computer science.

Where was Rashid born?

Rashid was born in Nangarhar, not far from Kabul and close to Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. During his childhood, the family business took Rashid and his 10 siblings back and forth across the border.

Which legendary batter was Afghanistan’s coach when Rashid was first selected for the national team?

The coach then was Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was so impressed by Rashid that he argued with the selectors to pick him first and then discuss the rest of the squad.

Who is Rashid’s cricket idol?

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, on whom he modelled his whippy bowling action and big hitting.

Who gifted Rashid his favorite bat?

Though he has bats given to him by the likes of David Warner and KL Rahul, Rashid’s favorite one was a present from Virat Kohli. Unfortunately for him, Asghar Afghan, his national team captain, took it from him.

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