New Delhi. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan has the status as the best bowler of the short format. Rashid tests the bowlers with his varied spin bowling. Talking in terms of ODIs and T20s, Rashid is not only very economical but it is not easy for the batsmen to save their wickets on his balls. The records of this 24-year-old ‘mystery’ spinner are witnesses to this. He has 163 wickets in 87 ODIs at an average of 18.68 and 129 wickets in 80 T20Is at an average of 14.58. Not only this, Rashid’s economy is also excellent in ODIs and T20I matches. He has given runs with an economy of 4.17 in ODIs and 6.18 in T20Is.
Despite such impressive statistics, would you believe that the most expensive bowling analysis of the World Cup is in the name of this Afghanistan spinner. Rashid’s balls were heavily ‘washed’ in the 2019 World Cup (ICC Cricket World Cup-2019) and in his 9-over spell, 110 runs were scored at an average of 12.22. England won this match by 150 runs.
Nothing went well for Rashid Khan in this match played between England and Afghanistan in Manchester on 18 June 2019. In his 9-over spell, he could neither throw any maiden nor take any wicket. In this match, 11 sixes and three fours were hit on his balls, that is, out of 110 runs, 88 runs were scored by the opposition batsmen only through the boundary.
In this match, the host England scored a huge score of 397 runs after losing 6 wickets in 50 overs while batting first. Captain Eoin Morgan was the top scorer, scoring 148 runs in just 71 balls with the help of four fours and 17 sixes. Apart from him, Johnny Bairstow scored 90 (99 balls, eight fours and three sixes) and Joe Root scored 88 (82 balls, five fours and one six). Daulat Zadran and Gulbadin Naib took three wickets each from Afghanistan. In response, the Afghan team was able to score only 247 runs in 50 overs losing 8 wickets. Hashmatullah Shahidi scored the highest 76, Asghar Afghan scored 44, Rahman Shah scored 46 and Gulbadin scored 37 runs. Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid took three wickets each for England. Mark Wood took two wickets.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 26, 2023, 09:51 IST