Rashid Khan is having the time of his life Image: AFP
Without Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan cricket team can look ordinary and the Sunrisers Hyderbad bowling attack brittle. He is yet to announce his supremacy at the international level. Hang on, he just did.
In the recently announced ICC Rankings, he became the youngest ever cricketer to top a chart.
With as many as 16 wickets against Zimbabwe, a series Afghanistan clinched 4-1, Khan picked up 16 wickets. And as a result of that, he tore through the rankings to hold the top rank with Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who picked eight wickets in the recently concluded ODI series against South Africa. Both Bumrah and Khan are joint-holders of the top spot with 787 points each.
Here's the latest 🔝🔟 in the @MRFWorldwide ICC ODI Bowling Rankings!— ICC (@ICC) February 20, 2018
1️⃣ @rashidkhan_19 and @Jaspritbumrah93
⏫ @yuzi_chahal up 21 to a career high eighth!https://t.co/UWbtY8rwTU pic.twitter.com/DQko2vrK8w
Tweeple couldn't hold themselves back from having a blast:
Well deserved rashid bhai... see you soon!— Graeme Cremer (@GraemeCremer) February 21, 2018
Rashid Khan:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) February 20, 2018
> Joint No.1 in ODI Ranking
> Youngest to reach No.1
> Most wickets after 36 ODIs
From associate player to ruling the International bowling charts!
At the age of 19 years and 152 days, RASHID KHAN is the youngest player to become the No.1 in the ODI Rankings for the Bowlers.— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) February 20, 2018
Saqlain Mushtaq (21 years 13 days) was the previous youngest. #ICCRankings #AFGvZIM
Any cricket list nowadays is incomplete without Virat Kohli though. The Indian captain became only the second batsman in the history of the game to cross the 900-point mark concurrently in Tests and ODIs. Kohli has become only the second batsman after South Africa's AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both formats and one among only five to have crossed 900 points in both forms of the game.
The 29-year-old consolidated his top position with 558 runs in the 5-1 series win over South Africa, during which he slammed three centuries.
Kohli thus moved ahead of Brian Lara in the all-time ODI list, having also overtaken him in the all-time Test list last month. He is now seventh in the ODI list of all-time rankings that is led by Vivian Richards with 935 points.
(With inputs from PTI)