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Rashid Khan is now only the 2nd bowler to have 500 T20 wickets

In the ongoing SA20 league, the spinner grabbed his 500th T20 wicket. Rashid was bowling for his team MI Cape Town against Pretoria Capitals when he took the wicket of Clyde Fortuin and concluded the match with three wickets for 16 runs

Rashid Khan can be unplayable on his day. (Image Credit: Twitter)
By Kshitij Ojha | Jan 24, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Rashid Khan, the explosive wrist spinner, maintained his T20 dominance. In the ongoing SA20 league, the spinner grabbed his 500th T20 wicket. Rashid was bowling for his team MI Cape Town against Pretoria Capitals when he took the wicket of Clyde Fortuin and concluded the match with three wickets for 16 runs in four overs. Rashid Khan has been a force to be reckoned with on the franchise circuit, where he has a tendency for picking up wickets at regular intervals throughout the game. The spinner was just reappointed by the captain of the Afghanistan T20I Cricket Team.

Rashid accomplished the feat by dismissing Clyde Fortuin in the 14th over of the Pretoria Capitals match. Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies is the only other cricketer with 500 T20 wickets. Bravo has 614 wickets to his credit. Rashid has been a key member of Afghanistan’s cricket team for some time, and he has also proven his worth in T20 tournaments around the world. The spinner finished the match against MI Cape Town with the best numbers among his teammates, three wickets for sixteen runs in four overs.

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MICT lost the game

Rashid was on the point of making history, and he managed to fool Fortuin with his delivery. The batter edged the ball onto his stumps after it drifted slightly in the air. The spinner’s work, however, went in vain as the Capitals won the game by 52 runs. Will Jacks led the Capitals’ drive with a 19-ball half-century, and despite seven wickets falling in the final 13 overs, Kusal Mendis and Theunis de Bruyn batted quickly to take their team to 182.

It will be intriguing to observe how Rashid’s natural playing will be altered by the added responsibility of captaining the national squad. The national team’s next assignment is a three-match T20I series against Pakistan in March, which should be exciting because both teams have a fierce rivalry. Rashid Khan, as a partnership breaker, should be used in three spells. Because Afghanistan’s middle order is vulnerable, the all-rounder has a chance to move up the order. Afghanistan fans will be hopeful that Rashid Khan can transform the face of cricket in the ICC event, as they have not been able to perform according to their credentials, as we saw in 2022.



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