Tue Mar 2018
Afghanistan bowling sensation Rashid Khan became the fastest (44 matches) to take 100 One-Day International (ODI) wickets. Rashid surpassed Australian pacer Mitchell Starc’s record of 52 matches. Rashid reached the milestone after he dismissed Shai Hope during the ICC World Cup Qualifier final against the West Indies at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday. The 19-year-old also became the youngest bowler ever to reach the remarkable milestone. Rashid rose through the ranks quickly, becoming the joint eighth quickest to reach 50 ODI wickets (26 matches).
Rashid is followed by Starc, Saqlain Mushtaq (53 ODIs), Shane Bond (54 ODIs) and Brett Lee (55 ODIs) in the list to fastest 100 ODI wickets.
Last month, the Afghan leggie, at 7,092 days, broke Pakistan great Saqlain Mushtaq’s record to become the youngest to be on top of any ICC Player Rankings (batsmen or bowlers). At 7,683 days, Saqlain had topped the charts in 1998.
Rashid and India’s pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah took the joint-top position among ODI bowlers.
Rashid also leapfrogged Sachin Tendulkar, who was the youngest No 1-ranked Test batsman when he was on top of the charts in 1994.
Following his superlative performances for Afghanistan, the leg-spinning sensation was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) season where he played a key role in his team reaching the playoffs of the tournament.
He picked up 17 wickets in 14 matches with a strike rate of 19.05 during the last IPL season.
Ahead of the 11th season of the IPL, SRH used the Right To Match (RTM) card to retain the bowler for a whopping Rs 9 crore.
The story of the 2017 IPL was Gujarat Lions fast bowler Basil Thampi, who impressed everyone with his bowling, especially in the death overs, and went on to win the Emerging Player of the Tournament award.
Tamil Nadu left-arm pacer T. Natarajan catapulted into the limelight last year when Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) snapped him up for 30 times his base price of Rs. 10 lakh, making him the highest-paid uncapped Indian player in the 2017 auction.
Wriddhiman Saha prefers to bat at the top but the India Test wicketkeeper-batsman said he is ready to bat lower down the order for his new IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad as they have a formidable duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings.