IPL 2017: Rashid Khan becomes the first Afghan cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League, picks two wickets on debut

Mahim Gupta
Leg spinner Rashid Khan is all of 18 and made his debut in the Sunrisers Hyderabad versus Royal Challengers Bangalore match

Rashid Khan, the 18-year-old leg spinner, became the first Afghan cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League. The teenager made his IPL debut in the opening match of the 10th season of the tournament on Wednesday. Turning out for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rashid left a mark. He bowled his quota of four overs in which he bagged two wickets, conceding 36 runs.

Rashid is a bit of a specialist in the shorter formats where he has played 26 ODIs and 24 T20Is. He has taken 53 wickets in the one-day format and 40 in the shortest format of the game for his country.

Rashid’s rise has been parallel to the rise of Afghanistan as a force in international cricket. They have consistently made a mark in the shorter formats and have even placed a case for having Test status sooner than later. Now it remains to be seen if more Afghan cricketers can take inspiration from Rashid and capture the imagination on a big stage like the IPL. Also check-Yuvraj Singh shines as hosts SRH beat RCB by 35 runs

As far as the opening match of the IPL is concerned, Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a 35-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Riding on Yuvraj Singh’s 62 and Moises Henriques’s 52, Hyderabad got 207 for four in their 20 overs. For Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers who bagged one for 22 in his quota of four overs. Also check-IPL 2017 Points Table, Team Standings & Match Results

In response, Bangalore were bundled out for 172 in 19.3 overs. The top scorer for Bangalore was Chris Gayle, who made 32. Apart from Rashid, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (two for 27) and Ashish Nehra (two for 42) also contributed with the ball for Hyderabad.

(Picture courtesy: IPLT20.com)