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Full name Adil Usman Rashid
Born February 17, 1988, Bradford, Yorkshire
Current age 26 years 282 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club, South Australia, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Height 5 ft 8 in
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Belfast, Aug 27, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v England at Centurion, Nov 22, 2009 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Netherlands at Lord's, Jun 5, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v England at Centurion, Nov 15, 2009 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Scarborough, Jul 19-21, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Yorkshire at The Oval, Aug 27, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, Aug 28, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Jun 12, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Leeds, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 4/116, 11, 2/53||Yorkshire||v Somerset||Leeds||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|42, 3/52, 1/33||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|3/77, 159*, 5/117||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|2/37, 6||Yorkshire||v Durham||Leeds||28 Aug 2014||LA|
|5/33||Yorkshire||v Hampshire||Southampton||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|3/32, 28, 2/40||Yorkshire||v Sussex||Scarborough||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|3/45||Yorkshire||v Derbyshire||Scarborough||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|14, 0/71||Yorkshire||v Essex||Scarborough||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/50, 18||Yorkshire||v Leics||Leicester||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|3/21, 27*||Yorkshire||v Worcs||Leeds||7 Aug 2014||LA|
Young spinners in England will always make headlines if they take wickets. When it is a young legspinner the hype is magnified. When it is a young spinner of Pakistani extraction, brought up in Yorkshire, the sense of excitement becomes palpable. Adil Rashid, the player who above all symbolized Yorkshire's growing success in fostering strong relationships in its minority ethnic communities, burst onto the scene with six wickets against Warwickshire on his first-class debut in 2006 at Scarborough. There was a sense in Yorkshire's much-loved seaside town that afternoon as Rashid cut through Warwickshire that a historic breakthrough had been made and more than one Yorkshire supporter observed Rashid's performance with hearts uplifted.
Rashid's performances for England Under-19s also caught the eye with a century and an eight-wicket haul during the second Test against India. But he suffered a stress fracture in his back in the close season which forced him to remodel his action.
His profile rose further in 2007 when he struck his maiden Championship century against Worcestershire in August and at the end of the season the Cricket Writers' Club made him their Young Cricketer of the Year. In 2008 he enjoyed his most prolific season with 62 wickets in the County Championship and was a late addition to the squad for the Test series in India. That trip was purely for experience, however, as was the tour to West Indies which followed, but even so his career shone with potential.
Rashid responded the following season with 545 runs at 68.12, including two hundreds, and picked up 31 wickets at 36.06 in the 2009 first-class season. His statistics in one-day and Twenty20 cricket were more modest, but the selectors held faith in his potential, and Rashid made his England debut during the World Twenty in June of that year. He also played in the post-Ashes one-day series against Australia, but his most notable achievement came with the bat when he scored a quickfire 31 in the narrow defeat at The Oval.
Rashid was included in the party to tour South Africa in 2009-10, but had a difficult time on the trip. He began amid high hopes that his combination of legspin and promising lower-order batting could cement a permanent role in the side, but his solitary over in the second Twenty20 went for 25, then he bowled three overs for 27 in the second ODI before being left out for a fit-again Graeme Swann. When he was released from the one-day party, James Tredwell, the Kent offspinner, remained on stand-by which suggested Rashid had fallen down the pecking order.
Andy Flower, England's coach, rightly suggested that he would benefit from a chance to deepen his game at county level, but progress was not immediate. Yorkshire, by now, were showing signs of disquiet over Rashid's bowling. England had demanded that he bowled much quicker his confidence and method had deserted him when he returned from international duty. His county form faltered, although he did win a place in the England Lions squad to tour UAE and was called-up briefly for the end of the World Cup campaign.
At home, Rashid enjoyed his most productive season for Yorkshire in 2010, scoring 732 first-class runs at 45.75 and taking 57 wickets at 31.29. He began the 2011 season with a bang, taking 6 for 77 and 5 for 37 to secure victory against Worcestershire at New Road, the best figures for a leg-spinner in Yorkshire history, but failed to maintain his form, finishing the season with 39 wickets at 43.38. From 10 Championship matches in 2012 he totalled only 16 wickets and 129 runs and his discontent was apparent.
Rashid was at a crossroads. But more than 800 Championship runs at 50-plus in 2013 suggested that in his mid-20s not just his batting was maturing, and his bowling became more thoughtful, and dangerous in turn. Yorkshire's challenge was to bring his career to fruition, to bring him not just success on the field but a general contentment. A career that had begun with so much optimism began to reawaken England's interest again - cagily perhaps, with a Lions recall - as Yorkshire won the title in 2014.
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