Rashid Khan is an Afghan cricketer who represents both the Afghan national team and the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Rashid was born into a large family in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. He was one of 11 children in a family of eleven. He grew up in extraordinarily terrible circumstances, as Afghanistan was at the time engulfed in conflict. For a few years, his family relocated to Pakistan, when Rashid Khan took an interest in cricket for the first time. Rashid’s family returned to Afghanistan after the situation in the nation was stabilized. Rashid resumed his studies there. Rashid is an all-rounder at the moment. In 2008, he played his first international Test match against India. It was Afghanistan’s first-ever Test match, and Rashid had an outstanding performance. Rashid became the youngest bowler to top the ‘International Cricket Council’ (ICC) one-day international (ODI) rankings in February 2018, at the age of 19. Following his outstanding performance in the 2018 ‘Asia Cup,’ Rashid was also ranked first in the ICC’s all-rounder rankings. He became the youngest cricketer in history to lead an international side when he captained Afghanistan in the 2018 ‘World Cup Qualifier’ event. In 2017, he was signed by the ‘IPL’ franchise ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad.’ ‘Kabul Zwanan,’ a local Afghan squad, was another team he played for.
Childhood and Adolescence
Rashid Khan was born Rashid Khan Arman in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, on September 20, 1998, into a large family. He had ten siblings when he was growing up.
He was still a child when the 9/11 attacks occurred. As a result, a war in Afghanistan was declared. Rashid’s family relocated to Pakistan as a result of the Afghan war. Rashid spent a significant portion of his adolescence there.
Rashid’s family returned a few years later, when the situation in Afghanistan had greatly improved, and he resumed his education. He excelled in school and consistently delivered excellent results. He aspired to be a doctor, but he was also interested in cricket.
The ‘Taliban’ had gained control of Afghanistan, and sports in the country were in bad shape. Rashid’s parents were against him playing cricket for a living. Despite these obstacles, cricket flourished in Afghanistan, and Rashid became one of the sport’s most prominent figures.
Rashid was heavily influenced by Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi, and his bowling action was based after his. Rashid had begun playing cricket professionally by the time he was in his late teens.
When Rashid began his career in cricket, the game was in an exceedingly infantile stage in Afghanistan. In 2015, he was granted the opportunity to join the national team for the first time. On October 18, 2015, he made his ODI debut against another poor team, Zimbabwe. He also made his Twenty20 international (T20I) debut against Zimbabwe a week later.
When it comes to international cricket, Afghanistan was usually known as an associate nation, which meant it was one of the lesser teams. As a result, the majority of his international outings were against weaker teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Rashid was regarded as a gifted all-rounder who specialized in bowling. In March 2017, he took his first 5-wicket haul against Ireland, conceding only 3 runs. In a T20I encounter, this was the best performance by any Afghan player. In a T20I contest, it was also the joint fourth-best figure by any bowler. He also became the first player in T20I history to grab five wickets in only two overs.
Rashid grabbed six wickets in an ODI match during the same tour. Afghanistan was beginning to be regarded as a significant force at the time.
The Afghan team faced the West Indies, a significantly stronger team, in June 2017. Rashid grabbed 7 wickets for 18 runs in one of the ODI matches. He became the first player from an associate nation to take seven wickets in an ODI. Afghanistan surprised everyone by winning the match, and Rashid was named ‘Man of the Match.’
Rashid was named ‘Associate Cricketer of the Year’ by the ICC in 2018, recognizing his budding talent. He has been selected Afghanistan’s captain for the 2018 ‘World Cup Qualifier’ event. Rashid was also named on the ‘ICC’s list of players to watch in the qualifiers.
Afghanistan qualified for Test cricket in June of this year. Their first encounter was against India, and Rashid was making his Test debut at the time. His performance in the contest, on the other hand, was horrible.
Rashid took part in a Test match against Ireland in February 2019. He grabbed 5 wickets in the match’s second innings. It was the first time an Afghan player has taken five wickets in an international Test match.
Rashid has played 57 One-Day International matches so far, scoring 782 runs with a strike rate of 23.69. He has four half-centuries to his name but has yet to record his first century. He has 123 wickets to his name, a 15.00 bowling average, and four 5-wicket hauls. He’s appeared in 38 T20I matches, scoring 123 runs at a poor average of 13.66. In T20I cricket, he has yet to score a half-century. His bowling performance, on the other hand, has been much improved. With a bowling average of 11.56, he has 75 T20I wickets.
Rashid has been chased by both international and domestic clubs. In 2016, he was a member of the ‘Comilla Victorians,’ a Bangladeshi cricket team that competed in the ‘Bangladesh Cricket League.’
He has also played for the ‘Guyana Amazon Warriors,’ the ‘Indian Premier League’ side ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad,’ and the Australian ‘Big Bash League’ team ‘Adelaide Strikers.’
He is a member of the ‘Afghanistan Premier League’ team ‘Kabul Zwanan.’
Achievements and Records
In February 2018, Rashid Khan was ranked first in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers. He was the youngest bowler to reach the top of the rankings at the age of 19. He also topped the ICC Player Rankings for T20I bowlers in the same month.
He topped the ‘ICC’ all-rounder rankings a few months later.
He became the youngest player to ever lead an international team when he captained the Afghan team in the ‘World Cup Qualifier’ event in March 2018.
Personal & Family Life
When he is not playing cricket, Rashid Khan enjoys traveling. He is a major lover of Bollywood movies and has spoken about his admiration for them on several occasions. He has also stated that he is a big fan of Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan from Bollywood. When it comes to batting, Rashid idolizes Virat Kohli. Shahid Afridi is his bowling idol.
Estimated Net Worth
Rashid Khan’s net worth is estimated around $3 million.