The Afghanistan hero Rashid Khan turns 19 today (September 20). Since his international debut in October 2015, Rashid has gone from strength to strength, becoming a star leg-spinner in just a few seasons. He is already being hailed as a champion for his heroics with the ball. The champion leg-spinner has made star batsmen dance to his tunes. On his birthday, Cricwizz takes a look at top records held by the Afghanistan cricketer.
Rashid Khan is the first Afghanistan cricketer to play for an IPL franchise. He was bagged by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017 IPL for Rs 4 crore even though he has a base price of Rs 50 lakh. His teammate Mohammad Nabi was the second Afghanistan cricketer to play in IPL 2017. He was bagged by Sunrisers Hyderabad at his base price of Rs 30 lakh.
The leg-spinner is the third youngest T20 captain in the history of this format. He walked into the record books when he led Band-e-Amir Dragons in 2017 Sphageeza Cricket League. Rashid was just 18 years and 357 days when he led Dragons in the SCL. The first two youngest T20 captains are Taimur Ali and Dinesh Chandimal.
He is the first player in the history of the Caribbean Premier League to take a hat-trick. He took the hat-trick against Jamaica Tallawahs while playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2017.
He is the youngest T20 player to take 100 wickets in this format. He was just 5 days short of his 19th birthday when he achieved the landmark, beating the previous record held by Danny Briggs who was 23 years and 56 days when he crossed the milestone.
Rashid holds the record of best bowling figures by an Afghanistan bowler in T20Is. He took 5/3 against Ireland in a T20I in 2017. Overall, it’s the joint fourth-best bowling figures in T20Is.
Rashid is the first player to take a five-wicket haul in just 2 overs in a T20I. It happened during his haul of 5/3 against Ireland.
During the 2017 ODI series against Ireland, Rashid and Paul Stirling became the first pair of bowlers from different teams to take six-wicket haul in the same ODI.
Rashid took the best bowling figures – 7/18 – by an associate nation in an ODI. Rashid achieved this feat during an ODI against West Indies at Gros Islet in 2017. This is the fourth best ODI bowling figures in the history of 50-overs cricket.