Famous Cricket player Rashid Khan Arman, who is commonly known as Rashid Khan in the entire cricketing fraternity, is an Afghan cricketer who plays for his nation and is considered as one of the talented young cricketers in present times.
He was born on 20 September 1998 in Nangarhar province of Eastern Afghanistan. He belongs to the city of Jalalabad and has ten siblings.
His family fled the country during the Afghan war and resided in Pakistan for few years when Rashid was still young.
Later upon returning to his native country, Rashid began his schooling. He also started playing cricket with his brothers.
As a youngster he started idolising the Pakistani legend player Shahid Afridi and started copying his bowling style. This is why later Rashid was nicknamed as ‘Afghanistan’s Afridi’.
Rashid is a leg-spinner who bowls leg-breaks with googlies from stump to stump. He bowls at a quick pace and uses his fingers more than wrists, not allowing the batsman to get to the pitch of the ball.
Cricket Player Rashid Khan Career
Rashid played his debut first-class game in Abu Dhabi on 7 December 2016 against England Lions where he scored 25 runs and took 12 wickets in two innings.
In February 2017 he was bought by the IPL franchise team Sunrisers Hyderabad and in the following month, he was bought by the Caribbean Premier League team Guyana Amazon Warriors.
In September 2017, he played in the Big Bash League for the 2017-18 season for the team Adelaide Strikers. In November 2017, he was drafted for the Pakistan Super League team Quetta Gladiators.
In February 2018, he was signed by the Sussex County Cricket Club to play in the Natwest t20 Blast in England.
Rashid debuted in his first international ODI game on 18 October 2015 against Zimbabwe and in his first T20I game on 26 October against the same opposition.
Rashid played in debut Test match against India which was held as a historic one-off Test match and was played from 14 June 2018.
He has played 43 ODIs, 33 T20Is, 1 Test and 31 IPL matches and has taken 100, 57, 2 and 38 wickets respectively in all formats. He has also scored 578 runs in ODIs, 116 runs in T20Is, 19 runs in Test and 70 runs in IPL.
Cricket Player Rashid Khan Achievements
1. When Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for INR 4 crores, he became the highest paid player from an Associate Nation.
2. Guyana Amazon Warriors paid $60,000 for him and he took his first hat-trick in CPL on September 2017.
3. In his debut IPL tournament he became the sixth highest wicket-taker, by taking 17 wickets from 14 matches.
4. He won his debut 2017-18 Big Bash League by playing for the Adelaide Strikers.
5. He played his 100th Twenty20 match during the 2018 IPL, where he took two wickets, effected a run-out and was named Man-of-the-Match.
6. He took his first T20I five-wicket haul on 10 March 2017 in the second T20I against Ireland.
7. His bowling figures of five wickets for three runs is the best by an Afghan player and fourth-best figures in all T20Is.
8. He is the first player to take five wickets in two overs in a T20I match.
9. He achieved his second five-wicket haul on 9 June 2017 against West Indies, where he ended up taking 7 wickets and became the first Associate Nation player to take 7 wickets and also the fourth best ODI bowling figure.
10. In an ODI series against Ireland, he and Paul Stirling of Ireland became the first pair from different teams to each take six wickets in the same ODI game.
11. He became the youngest player to get to 100 ODI wickets when he dismissed Shai Hope of West Indies in the final of the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers tournament.
12. When he was announced the captain of Afghanistan national team, as regular captain Asghar Stanikzai was recovering from appendix operation, he became the youngest player to captain a nation.
13. He was named the Associate Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in January 2018.
14. In April 2018 he was named for the Rest of the World XI squad which played a one-off T20I game against West Indies on 31 May 2018 at Lord’s.
15. He became the first bowler to concede more than 150 runs in his debut Test (2/154 in first innings), breaking the record of Pakistan’s Amir Elahi who conceded 134 runs during his debut Test match in 1952.