Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has taken Big Bash wickets at ease over the past four years but the spinner can be just as effective in the longer form.
The ICC T20 player of the decade has only played in the five Test matches for the developing Afghanistan team.
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Just six matches into its Test playing history, Afghanistan has already won three Tests, adding another scalp after defeating Zimbabwe by six wickets in Abu Dhabi.
While the match was set up by Hashmatullah Shahidi’s 200 not out after a 307 run stand with Asghar Afghan, who scored 164, in Afghanistan’s first innings score of 4/545 declared, Rashid then went to work.
On a placid pitch, Rashid took 4/138 from 36.3 overs as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 287, with Afghanistan enforcing the follow on.
Rashid then took 7/137 — from 62.5 overs.
And as if it wasn’t enough, it was with a broken middle finger that hadn’t completely healed that kept him out of the first Test match.
The Afghan Cricket board posted this pic of Rashid – one of 596 opportunities they had in this match.Source:Twitter
It left Afghanistan needing 108 runs, which the side did four wickets down to even up the series at 1-all.
But it was Rashid’s effort that truly grabbed the attention as he threw down 99.2 overs, far from the four over spells Australian’s are used to seeing from the 22-year-old.
In fact his output in this one match has exceeded his over in the last two BBLs, where he’s bowled 94.2 overs combined.
BBC Test Match Special commentator Daniel Norcross pointed out however that despite the increased workload, it was a lot less lucrative for Rashid to play for his country.
A trite observation, I know, but Rashid Khan earned £900k for bowling 68 overs in one IPL season. He’s just bowled 99.2 overs in the last three days. Probably got paid around £1k. You see test cricket’s challenge?
He essentially bowled from one end throughout the 148.5 over second innings.
In the end, he bowled 596 balls for the match, and while it’s not a record, the last time more balls were bowled in a match was by Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan against England at The Oval from August 27-31, 1998.
He took 16/220 in the match, where he sent down 113.5 overs or 683 balls.
He also beat Aussie spin king Shane Warne’s record of 98 overs against South Africa as the most in a match in the 21st century.
Rashid Khan has impressed in Tests as well.Source:Instagram
Incredibly, Murali’s performance happened just under a month before Rashid was born.
Rashid’s performance and incredible workload was quickly celebrated on social media.
11 wickets and 100 overs in a Test match. Breathtaking.
and congratulations to both teams on a great series.
Rashid Khan's 11 wickets set up series-levelling Afghanistan win https://t.co/ZZJZJeFYAp
Hats off to you champion @rashidkhan_19 proud of courtney pic.twitter.com/9HgggKmFjX
A marathon run by the super star @rashidkhan_19. A resilient show by the skipper #Asghar_Afghan and the Little master @Hashmat_50 gave us a third test victory. Kuddos to the entire #Bluetigerspic.twitter.com/tTcGU7iEvN
Zimbabwe won the first Test — also in Abu Dhabi — by ten wickets. The two teams now play a three-match Twenty20 international series on the same venue from March 17.
Rashid, whose previous best of 6-49 came against Bangladesh at Chattogram in 2019, finished the match with figures of 11-275, his second ten wicket haul in five Tests.
The drawn two-match series now means Zimbabwe hasn’t won a series since beating Bangladesh at home in 2004.
— with AFP
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