Over the past few years, Afghanistan cricket has been on the rise, and one of the main reasons for their success has been Rashid Khan, the teen sensation who has taken the cricketing world by storm with his performances.
Raised in Jalalabad in Afghanistan, Rashid idolised Pakistani legend Shahid Afridi while growing up.
He made his first-class debut for Afghanistan late in 2016 against the England Lions and performed exceptionally well. A few months later, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Since then, he has been making great strides in domestic and international cricket. He became the youngest captain of an international side when he captained Afghanistan in 2017 and became the youngest to 100 ODI wickets when he dismissed Shai Hope in the final of the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers tournament.
He has been one of the biggest impact players for all the sides he has played for, including the national side. In the IPL, he has been the Sunrisers Hyderabads' biggest weapon and their go-to bowler. He has single-handedly taken them to numerous victories over the past couple of years.
In the international arena, he has played 44 ODIs and 33 T20Is and has taken 100 wickets and 57 wickets respectively in the two formats, with an average of 14 and 13 respectively.
In the IPL, he has played 31 matches and has taken 38 wickets at an average of 31 and an economy rate of slightly less than 7.
He is now gearing up to take on India in Afghanistan's first ever Test, which will be played at the M Chinaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from June 14-18.