The name Rashid Khan needs no introduction currently in the cricket world. This 20-year-old boy has already made a name for himself as one of the finest wicket taking bowlers, especially in the limited overs format.
Born in a war-driven country like Afghanistan, Rashid has come a long way to rise above the ranks. He has been the face of Afghanistan cricket and their star player now. Idolising the Pakistani all-rounder, Shahid Afridi he started his bowling career.
He brought in some nuances from Afridi’s bowling like bowling stump-to-stump at a quick pace and using more of his fingers than wrist which is quite unusual for a wrist spinner. He makes it hard for the batsmen to judge the delivery whether it is a googly or a leg spinner.
Rashid made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2015 and later on his T20 International debut against the same team. He kept on impressing everyone with his bowling performances which also helped him gain an IPL contract in 2016.
Rashid was the second Afghan player after Mohammad Nabi to fetch an IPL contract.
An intense bidding war erupted for his services in the auction this year before Hyderabad exercised their right-to-match option for a staggering 90 million rupees ($1.33 million).
He has made rapid strides since making his international debut in October 2015 as a 17-year-old, in February becoming the youngest to top the International Cricket Council’s rankings for bowlers in the Twenty20 and 50-overs format.
Pakistan Correspondent to ESPNcricinfo Umar Farooq Kalson revealed that it was Inzamam back in 2015 who picked and supported Rashid Khan.
It was Inzamam as Afghanistan’s coach in 2015 who picked Rashid Khan. Selectors discarded & given Inzi a Rashid-less squad for Zim tour. Inzi (who had also played Rashid in nets) refused 2 agree & persisted them to have him. thats how his journey started.
it was Inzamam as @ACBofficials coach in 2015 who picked @rashidkhan_19. Selectors discarded & given Inzi a Rashid-less squad for Zim tour. Inzi (who had also played Rashid in nets) refused 2 agree & persisted them to have him. thats how his journey started.#AsiaCup2018 #BANvAFG
— Umar Farooq Kalson (@kalson) September 20, 2018
Earlier, Rashid Khan celebrated his 20th birthday with a superb all-round performance to lead Afghanistan to an emphatic victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup dead-rubber group game on Thursday.
The Afghan spinner smashed a 32-ball 57 and shared a record 95-run stand for the eighth wicket with Gulbadin Naib to help Afghanistan post 255-7.
Rashid’s knock was highlighted by eight fours and a six over the mid-wicket fence. Gulbadin chipped in a valuable 38-ball 42.
After lifting his side with that cameo knock, Rashid came in to do what he does best, bowling a tidy spell to return with figures of 9-3-13-2 in the 136-run triumph.