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Rashid Khan Closes in on Becoming First to 100 T20 Wickets in a Year

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 20, 2018, 2:27 PM IST
Rashid Khan Closes in on Becoming First to 100 T20 Wickets in a Year

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Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has risen through the T20 ranks to become the No. 1 ranked bowler in ICC Rankings in the format. Rashid is now eyeing another milestone — becoming the first bowler to take 100 T20 wickets in a calendar year.

Rashid has been part of many franchises around the globe and is currently playing for the Adelaide Strikers in the 2018 Big Bash League. He began the tournament with an impressive spell of 3 for 19 to take his tally to 92 wickets in 2018 — storming ahead West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who held the previous record with 87 wickets.

Most wickets in T20 in a calendar year

Rashid’s spell helped the Strikers restrict Brisbane Heat to 146 before Alex Carey’s 46-ball 70 saw them home to a five-wicket win.

Strikers still have three games left and Rashid will be eager to get the remaining eight wickets to get to the century mark.

“He’s really smart. He's obviously got the skills, we all know that, but I think he's got a lot between the ears. He knows how he's going to get batters out — he analyses them pretty quickly out in the middle, he analyses the wicket, and he knows what's going to be effective,” Carey said about the Afghan leg-spinner after the game.

Carey also credited Rashid’s preparation for his success, “He's obviously got the talent and the freak skills, but the stuff he does behind the scenes … he gets in the gym after hours, he goes for extra runs, he bowls more balls than most guys I've seen. So the stuff he does on the field is amazing, but the stuff we see him doing off the field is a real credit to him.”
First Published: December 20, 2018, 2:03 PM IST

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