Rashid Khan (born 20 September 1998) is a talented Afghanistan leg-spin and googly bowler. He took part in his nation’s first-ever Test match played against India in June 2018. However, he did not have a particularly good performance and recorded rather expensive figures. In September 2019, he became the youngest ever Test captain in the world when he skippered Afghanistan against Bangladesh at the age of 20.
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Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
In the 2017 IPL (Indian Premier League), Rashid played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Next, in February 2018, he set a record of being the youngest player to reach the top of the ICC ODI bowler rankings. Later that month, Rashid climbed on top of the ICC T20I bowler rankings. In September 2018, he also became the top all-rounder in the ICC rankings.
In March 2018, he led Afghanistan in an ODI game at the age of 19, which made him the youngest ever captain of an international cricket team. Rashid was also the youngest and fastest bowler to claim 100 ODI wickets (in just 44 matches). In June 2018, he reached 50 T20I wickets, becoming the fastest to achieve it in terms of time (2 years and 220 days).
In April 2019, Rashid was appointed captain of Afghanistan’s T20I team. In June 2019, he recorded 100 appearances in international matches. After a brief experience as a captain, in December 2019, he was replaced by Asghar Afghan as skipper in all the formats.
Rashid was born in Nangarhar in Afghanistan and grew up in Jalalabad with 10 siblings. However, his family had to flee to Pakistan because of the Afghan war and he lived for some years in Pakistan. Later, his family came back to Afghanistan and Rashid continued going to school there. Rashid’s idol is Shahid Afridi of Pakistan and he has molded his bowling action after Afridi’s.
Rashid made his ODI debut versus Zimbabwe in October 2015. His T20I debut was against the same team later that month. In March 2017, Rashid claimed his first T20I five-for which was against Ireland. He snared 5 scalps for just 3 runs in 2 overs in that match. This performance helped his team win the match and Rashid was awarded a joint Player of the Match with Najeeb Tarakai.
In June 2017, Rashid grabbed his second ODI five-for, recording 7/18 versus the Windies at Gros Islet. He, thus, became the first player from an associate country to bag 7 wickets in an ODI. This performance helped Afghanistan win the game and Rashid was named Player of the Match.
In January 2018, the ICC named Rashid the Associate Cricketer of the Year. The next month, the ICC included him in the list of 10 players to watch during the 2018 ODI World Cup qualifiers. In April 2018, he was chosen in the Rest of the World Eleven squad for a one-off T20 game versus the Windies at Lord’s which was held the next month. In February 2019, Rashid grabbed 4 scalps in 4 deliveries versus Ireland in a T20I.
Rashid played his maiden Test in June 2018 against India. He recorded 2/154 in the first essay, setting a record for the most runs given by a bowler in his nation’s maiden Test match. In February 2019, Rashid grabbed 5/82 in a Test versus Ireland in India, becoming the first Afghan bowler to claim a Test five-for.
As of July 2020, Rashid has played 4 Tests, taking 23 wickets at an average of 21.08 and a strike rate of 40.7 with 3 five-fors and one 10-wicket match haul. His best figures in a Test innings are 6/49.
2019 ODI World Cup
The ICC named Rashid one of the 5 exciting cricketers making their ODI World Cup debut before the 2019 edition. He appeared in his 100th international game in his team’s opener versus Australia. Against England, Rashid entered the record books for the wrong reason – for conceding the most runs in an ODI World Cup game (110 in 9 overs).
After the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Rashid was named skipper of the Afghan team in all 3 formats. His maiden Test as the team’s leader was played against Bangladesh in September 2019. He led his nation to a 224-run victory, grabbing a 10-wicket haul in the game. Rashid, thus, became the first Afghan bowler to claim a 10-wicket Test haul. However, in December 2019, Rashid was replaced as a captain in all 3 formats.
In February 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Rashid for Rs 4 crores (USD 597,000) for that year’s IPL edition. He claimed 17 scalps in 14 games that season to become the 6th highest wicket-taker among all teams. In May 2018, in the 2018 IPL edition, Rashid appeared in his 100th T20 game. He had a memorable performance, claiming 2 wickets and effecting a run out to win the Player of the Match.
As of July 2020, Rashid has played 46 IPL games, snaring 55 wickets at an average of 21.69, an economy rate of 6.55 and a strike rate of 19.85. His best IPL match figures are 3/19.
ODI Career Stats
Rashid has played 71 ODIs, grabbing 133 scalps at an average of 18.54, an economy rate of 4.16 and a strike rate of 26.7 with 4 five-fors. His best ODI figures are 7/18.
T20I Career Stats
Rashid has starred in 48 T20Is, claiming 89 wickets at an average of 12.62, an economy rate of 6.14 and a strike rate of 12.3 with 2 five-fors. His best T20I figures are 5/3.
Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
For the 2017 CPL edition, Guyana Amazon Warriors bought Rashid for USD 60,000. In September 2017, he recorded the first hat trick in the CPL history. In July 2020, Barbados Tridents selected Rashid in their team for the 2020 CPL edition.
Other T20 Franchises
Rashid helped Adelaide Strikers win the 2017 – 2018 BBL (Big Bash League). In November 2017, Quetta Gladiators bought him for the 2018 PSL (Pakistan Super League) season. In February 2018, Sussex got him for the Natwest T20 Blast tournament in England. In January 2020, Rashid grabbed a hat trick in a BBL match versus Sydney Sixers.
Rashid’s last international match before the Covid-19 outbreak was a T20I played against Ireland at Greater Noida in March 2020.