England’s leg-spinner Adil Rashid has earned the chance to debut in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Punjab Kings have roped the tweaker into their squad for the upcoming second leg of the IPL 2021.
Rashid will join Nathan Ellis as the foreign replacement bowlers for the Punjab franchise, who lost both Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith owing to injury and bio-bubble concerns. Rashid is a bit of a T20 specialist, only behind Chris Jordan in the leading wicket-takers list for England.
The one who will surely brighten up your feed – Adil Rashid ⭐️
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) August 26, 2021
His addition boosts the spin department of Punjab Kings further, as they already had the services of Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin. Bishnoi performed well in the chances he’s been given, while Murugan is coming off a great stint in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).
Rashid will join the camp and get his training underway very soon as the biggest T20 league in the world is set to resume on September 19. He will be accompanied by his English teammates, Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan, in the Punjab squad.
Adil Rashid was the joint leading wicket-taker in The Hundred
Rashid participated in the just concluded tournament, The Hundred, where he ended as the joint highest wicket-taker. Although his team didn’t have the best of outings, Rashid grabbed 12 wickets which certainly caught the eye of the IPL franchises.
Currently, he’s one of England’s best spinners, already having won the World Cup with the team in 2019. Rashid can also be used in the powerplay, an experiment that worked wonders for Eoin Morgan and co. during their tour of India earlier this year.
Although the 33-year-old will be playing in his first IPL, he is not short on experience. Rashid has already made his mark on different T20 leagues around the world. Considering the rest of the tournament will be held in the UAE, which generally favors the spinners, Rashid is likely to make his debut very soon.
Punjab Kings will resume their quest for a trophy against the Rajasthan Royals on September 21. They are sitting in sixth place, having won three out of their eight games so far.