Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week. Rashid Khan was instrumental in Afghanistan winning their three match IT20 Series against Bangladesh, taking 8 wickets for just 49 runs in 12 overs in the series.
Excerpts of his performances from the three match series are below, from our match reporter, Saksham Mishra
Match 3 - Afghanistan v Bangladesh – June 7th
“Mohammadullah played a good hand and took Bangladesh very close to victory with 8 runs needed off Rashid Khan's (4-24-1) final over. All the same, Rashid proved his potential yet again as he did not allow the batsmen to score freely.
4 runs were required off the last ball and Shafiqullah, who has been brilliant with the bat in the series, showed some great fielding skills at long on. This resulted in the run out of Mohammadullah as Bangladesh fell short by 1 run.”
Match 2 - Afghanistan v Bangladesh – June 5th
“Bangladesh faulted against the leg spin of Rashid Khan (4-12-4) and lost their way.”
Match 1 - Afghanistan v Bangladesh – June 3rd
“The chase was pretty much on course (for Bangladesh) but once Rashid Khan (3-13-3) stepped into the picture, things drastically changed. Rashid, one likes to call the 19-year-old an experienced T20 bowler, removed Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman (0) on consecutive deliveries and stalled any remaining hopes of Bangladesh.”
The brilliance of this young cricketer is clear for everyone to see and with Afghanistan now taking centre stage in world cricket, the next World Cups will see a new star coming through on the International stage and, at 19 years old, let’s hope he is around for a very long time!
Afghanistan now plays India in their one off Test Match next week.