KABUL: Afghanistan are making steady progress as a young cricketing nation and can boast a true star in Rashid Khan, whom they hope will to take them to the next level.
The 20-year-old, who is top of the Twenty20 world rankings, will be a key weapon in the World Cup in England and Wales.
Afghanistan can also boast 18-year-old spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman in their ranks but Rashid is regarded as the most important bowler in Test, one-day international and T20 cricket.
As well as topping the T20 charts, Nangarhar-born Rashid has climbed to third place in the ODI rankings since he made his debut soon after his 17th birthday.
He has developed an enviable ability to take wickets because he is not afraid of being hit – a trait he picked up while playing Twenty20 cricket in India, Australia and England.
Although he does not turn the ball much, he has an ability to read batsmen´s minds with his sharp thinking.
Rashid took 43 wickets in 16 ODIs in 2017, second only to Pakistan´s Hasan Ali, before topping the 2018 charts with 48 scalps in 20 matches.
The bowler achieved the feat of being the fastest to 100 ODI wickets, reaching the landmark in 44 matches, beating Australian paceman Mitchell Starc´s record by an eight-match margin.