Full name Rashid Khan Arman
Born September 20, 1998, Nangarhar
Current age 19 years 120 days
Major teams Afghanistan, Adelaide Strikers, Afghanistan Under-19s, Band-e-Amir Dragons, Comilla Victorians, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kabul Eagles, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Bulawayo, Oct 18, 2015 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Afghanistan v Ireland at Sharjah, Dec 10, 2017 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Bulawayo, Oct 26, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies v Afghanistan at Basseterre, Jun 5, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Afghanistan v England Lions at Abu Dhabi, Dec 7-10, 2016 scorecard|
|Last First-class||United Arab Emirates v Afghanistan at Abu Dhabi, Nov 29-Dec 2, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Bulawayo, Oct 18, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Afghanistan v Ireland at Sharjah, Dec 10, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Bulawayo, Oct 26, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide, Jan 17, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/35||Strikers||v Hurricanes||Adelaide||17 Jan 2018||T20|
|5, 1/15||Strikers||v Scorchers||Alice Springs||13 Jan 2018||T20|
|1/23||Strikers||v Melb Stars||Adelaide||9 Jan 2018||T20|
|16*, 2/21||Strikers||v Syd Thunder||Sydney||7 Jan 2018||T20|
|2/18, 4*||Strikers||v Hurricanes||Hobart||4 Jan 2018||T20|
|6, 2/19||Strikers||v Heat||Adelaide||31 Dec 2017||T20|
|2/22||Strikers||v Syd Sixers||Sydney||28 Dec 2017||T20|
|0*, 2/22||Strikers||v Syd Thunder||Adelaide||22 Dec 2017||T20|
|44, 2/17||Afghanistan||v Ireland||Sharjah||10 Dec 2017||ODI # 3940|
|2/40, 16*||Afghanistan||v Ireland||Sharjah||7 Dec 2017||ODI # 3937|
Less than a month after his 17th birthday, Rashid Khan made his ODI debut on Afghanistan's tour of Zimbabwe in October 2015. A year and a half later, while back on tour in Zimbabwe in February 2017, the precocious legspinner fetched the highest ever bid for an Associate player in the IPL Auction. He was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 4 crores (US$ 597,000).
In the intervening time, Rashid quickly established himself as an automatic pick for Afghanistan. Not a big turner of the ball, he puts batsmen under constant pressure by bowling quickly through the air, akin to his bowling idol Shahid Afridi, while maintaining a stump-to-stump line. His biggest weapon is a very accurate googly, and should it result in a wicket, don't be surprised if he borrows Afridi's signature "Star man" celebration.
Rashid is also an athletic fielder, often placed in the covers, a region of high traffic in one-day cricket. With bat in hand, he is more than capable of clearing the boundary late in an innings and has air-brushed many a middling total into a match-winning one for his team.
Domestically, Rashid has been a productive force for the Kabul Eagles franchise and has also represented Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League. For the national team, Rashid's bowling charisma has turned him into a crowd favorite and his initial IPL bid is a sign that he is a player who can lead Afghanistan out of Associate cricket and into the big leagues.
Peter Della Penna