Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is arguably one of the most integral players for the IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Having made his international debut in 2015, Rashid Khan has rapidly risen as one of the most dangerous leg-spinners in the world. Not only has he proved himself as a wicket-taker, but Rashid has found success in controlling the run-flow too. Meanwhile, the SRH analyst has enlisted the process behind his signing.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is one of the many franchises across the globe that Rashid Khan plays for. The Nangarhar-born spinner made his IPL debut in 2017, having bagged a deal of INR four crores. He bagged 17 wickets during that season in 14 games while maintaining an economy rate of 6.62. Overall, Rashid has 55 wickets in 46 games at 21.69 with an economy rate of 6.55.
SRH analyst Srinivas revealed that they first spotted Rashid Khan during the 2016 ICC World T20 in India and began watching him closely. He recalled with the leg-spinner having enjoyed a fruitful tournament while his bowling pace, finishing and fielding abilities impressed him. Shrinivas termed him as the complete package.
“It was during the World T20 in 2016 that we first watch Rashid Khan closely. You could see that there was something different about him. He had a good game against England in Delhi. There were good performances during that World T20 and we kept following him. Whatever games he was playing, he would run through oppositions. So the curiosity about him increased. The pace at which he bowled was a lot different to what a normal leggie would bowl, and the way he could finish games and his fielding was top class. There was a complete package there,” Srinivas said during a conversation with Arun Venugopal on his Youtube channel.
Srinivas elaborates more on Rashid Khan’s singing:
When asked whether the availability of an experienced player like Imran Tahir gave a stiff competition, the analyst gave the example of Mustafizur Rahman, who came to SRH in 2016 as a youngster as well. Hence, they bought players who eventually worked wonders for them and named both the 21-year old and Mustafizur as match-winners.
“Experience vs a young rookie – that was a call we had to take. But then we thought that in 2016 we had picked up Mustafizur Rahman and he turned out to be a sensation, so it kind of allowed us to give it a go with someone like Rashid, who is different. So we went ahead with those players and it worked wonders for us. Both have been an integral part of the franchise and provided match-winning performances for us,” he added.