In a very short span of time, Rashid Khan has achieved a lot in his limited-overs career. Arguably the best limited-overs bowler in the world at the moment, the Afghan star has been turning heads with his performances since making his debut three years ago.
With his deadly leg-spins, the 19-year old is making life difficult for the batsmen around the around and is shattering records every now and then. Earlier this year, he became the fastest to reach 100 ODI wickets. The leggie reached the milestone during the ICC World Cup Qualifier final against West Indies. He was also the youngest bowler to achieve the feat.
He took just 44 matches to complete a century of wickets in ODIs, comfortably beating Mitchell Starc’s record of 52 matches. A month prior to that, he became the youngest player to be ranked No. 1 in the ICC’s Player Rankings across formats after clinching the top spot in T20I bowlers list. He was also the youngest to captain a country at the age of 19 years 160 days.
His form in the last two months has also been sensational. He finished this year’s IPL with 21 wickets — the second-most behind Andrew Tye, who had snapped 24 wickets for Kings XI Punjab. In the first T20I against Bangladesh on Sunday (June 3), he took 3 for 13 to help his side win the game by 45 runs.During the course of the game, he became the second fastest to 50 T20I wickets.
Well, Rashid is now gearing up for perhaps the biggest challenge of his short international career so far. The leg-spinner is all set to play his first Test as Afghanistan are getting ready to take on world number one India in their first-ever Test. And while there are apprehensions that Rashid might not replicate his white-ball form in Tests, the leg-spinner does not sound too worried.
In a recent interview, he reckoned that he would not change anything in his bowling during his first-ever Test.
“Being a Test cricketer is not a lot different to playing ODIs and T20s,” Rashid told PTI. “I have done well in whatever four-day opportunities that I have got. If I make changes in my bowling thinking about the Test, it will not be good for me. I will bowl with the same speed I have been bowling so far.”
Rashid is well aware of the setbacks that can come his way in the Test.
“I have to make sure that I don’t panic. I know there will be a phase where I won’t pick up a wicket for 20 overs. And I could pick up two in two overs. It is Test cricket,” he said.
“It is going to be a test of patience. There is a possibility that I might end up being wicket-less,” Rashid added.
The Test will be played from June 14 in Bengaluru.