Afghan sensation Rashid Khan continues surge after record haul vs West Indies
Rashid Khan, the 18-year-old legspinner from Afghanistan, had already put his country on the cricketing map when he put in a magnificent performance in the 2017 Indian Premier League. He was the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 17 wickets from 14 games as he put in a magnificent show in his maiden appearance in the tournament.
However, Rashid has enhanced his credentials on the world stage with a record performance against West Indies in St.Lucia. The legspinner picked up 7/18, his best haul ever in ODIs as Afghanistan registered a stunning 63-run win over the windies in the first ODI in St.Lucia. The win not only enhanced Rashid’s reputation, but it also boosted Afghanistan’s profile on the international cricket stage. Following his exploits, here are some of the numbers accumulated by Rashid Khan.
4 - Rashid’s figures of 7/18 are the fourth best figures in the history of ODI cricket. Chaminda Vaas’ haul of 8/19 against Zimbabwe is on top of the list, followed by Shahid Afridi’s haul of 7/12 against West Indies and Glenn McGrath’s 7/15 against Namibia
2 - Rashid’s figures of 7/18 are the second-best bowling figures in the West Indies. Shahid Afridi’s haul of 7/12 in Providence during the 2013 series remains the best bowling figures in the West Indies.
1 - Afghanistan’s first win over West Indies in an ODI. They had already won a Twenty20 International against them during the 2016 World T20. This was also Afghanistan’s first win over any top Test team outside of Zimbabwe.
7 - Rashid’s figures of 7/18 are the best by any Associate Nation bowler in ODI history. The previous best was by Scotland’s Josh Davey, who picked up 6/28 against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi in January 2015.
3 - Rashid Khan became the third Afghanistan bowler to take a five-wicket haul in ODIs. Rahmat Shah and Hamid Hassan are the other two bowlers who have achieved this feat. Rashid is the only Afghanistan bowler to take a five-wicket haul in both ODI and T20Is.