Afghanistan cricket team has grown as unit since being an associate nation and cricketers like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have been the flag bearers of the side. Rashid Khan proved his spin bowling prowess in franchise leagues around the world and has emerged as of the finest spinners on the international cricket.
Rashid Khan has been a crucial cog for the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL 2020. He bowled brilliantly in the match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Thursday. Chasing a daunting total of 202 runs, KXIP lost their top-order in no-time. However, Nicholas Pooran took matters in his own hands and looked to guide his team with some phenomenal hitting before he was sent back by Rashid Khan.
Rashid Khan picks up wickets, create dot balls: Sunil Gavaskar
Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar is mighty impressed with Rashid Khan. He said that the Afghan player would be loved by any captain for his brilliance. Further explaining his view Gavaskar said that Rashid doesn’t only picks up wickets but also creates dot balls and bowls at a brilliant economically.
“You ask all the captains of the franchises, which is the one bowler that they want in their team, I am pretty certain every one of them will say ‘give me Rashid’. I am pretty certain. There might be the odd bowler who might get offended but look at the way he goes about his job,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports in a post-match show.
“He picks up wickets, creates dot balls. Look at the economy. 3 for 12 in 4 overs. Leg-spinners generally bowls a full toss, a short ball. He hardly ever does it. He is on the target every single time, he has got a nice, well-disguised googly which comes off the back of the hand. A lot of batsmen find it difficult to pick. That kind of bowling, that kind of control, any captain will say ‘give me that bowler” Gavaskar added.
Rashid Khan picked up three wickets in his stipulated four overs spell and conceded 12 runs at an economy rate of 3 in the previous game. But his most prized wicket was of Pooran’s. Khan mentioned that the last over was extremely crucial for him since Pooran was looking in good touch and he tried his best to dismiss him.
He has an experience of playing 211 T20s where he has picked up 296 wickets. As far as his national team is concerned, he has 23 wickets in Test, 133 in ODIs and 89 in the shortest format of the game.