Afghan mystery spinner Rashid Khan is one of the most venomous leg-spinners as of today. Having plied his trade for several franchises in T20 leagues all over the world, Rashid Khan has managed to bamboozle some swashbuckling batsmen in only five years.
As far as the Indian Premier League is concerned, the 21-year old has donned the jersey of Sunrisers Hyderabad since his debut in 2017. In 46 matches, Rashid Khan has picked up 55 scalps at an impressive average of 21.69. The 55 wickets have arrived at a stunning economy rate of 6.55.
And if not for the COVID-19 crisis, the spin prodigy would have been part of the competition again, playing under David Warner. Instead, like several other cricketers, he took the opportunity to engage in an Instagram session with another leg-spinner. Yuzvendra Chahal. Rashid recalled his debut against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and was hit for a boundary on the first ball.
It was after his first and second wicket that he gained confidence. Rashid Khan went on to say that bowling to Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Andre Russell and AB de Villiers on smaller grounds is a nightmare. With the wickets not offering too much support and boundaries being short, there is very minimal support for bowlers.
“My debut was against you guys (RCB). I got hit for boundary for the first ball. It was a tough match for me as there was due in the ground. I was nervous, when I got my first wicket I gained confidence and after getting the second wicket I was enjoying the bowling,” Rashid said as quoted by NDTV.
“Bowling to Virat bhai, ABD, Russell and Chris Gayle is very tough on small grounds. You don’t get much support from the wicket and boundaries are short too so before the match these things come in mind,” he added.
It was a dream to play in IPL, I grew up watching it on TV: Rashid Khan
The youngster went on to say that before making his appearance in the IPL, he featured in the Bangladesh Premier League. Rashid admitted that he grew up watching it on television, excited by all the international players and went on to hail the experienced coaching staff.
“Before IPL, I had played in Bangladesh Premier League. It was a different experience in IPL. It was a dream to play in IPL, I grew up watching it on TV. All the international players are there in the league. The coaching staff too is very experienced.” he added.