Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is one of the finest leg-spinners in world cricket at the moment. He has bagged several wickets at a very short time. At the age of 19, he has several variations up his sleeve. He bamboozled several top-class batsmen and has scaled great heights in his relatively brief career.
At just 19 years of age, Rashid has played against distinct top-notch nations with authority. He recently made his Test debut along with his nation against Team India. It was played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, last month.
Rashid was quite ordinary in his opening Test. He failed to deliver goods and was smashed all around the park by the experienced India batting order.
The quality spinner ended up conceding 154 runs. Meanwhile, top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has hailed the leg-spinner. He has stated that Rashid has a great future ahead of him. Pujara is one of the reliable forces of India in the longest format.
Rashid Khan is different from others, says Pujara
“He is different than the others. He is someone who is slightly difficult to pick compared to other spinners in the world. At the same time, when it comes to red ball cricket, you have plenty of time, you get loose balls. He is a talented bowler and if he continues to improve, he will do well in Tests,” DNA quoted Pujara as saying.
“In white ball cricket, the way he has been bowling, he is a good bowler. With more experience and exposure, he will get better,” Pujara said.
In a generation were batsmen are more fond of Twenty20 cricket, as Pujara who is a copybook Test batsman focus on the traditional format. It was very recently that Pujara took 53 balls to open his account against South Africa in Johannesburg. He scored a fighting half-century as India completed a sensational victory.
“It was one of the toughest pitches I have played on. Even the scorecard suggested that. It was a pitch very difficult to score runs on. I took a lot of time to get off the mark. There were enough movement and deviation, especially the first couple of hours, really challenging. You always feel you are never set,” Pujara added.