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Afghanistan's Rashid Khan becomes youngest player to top ICC Rankings, tweeple celebrate

In the Indian Premier League, Khan plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad. This year, he was regained for Rs 9 crore

Prabhjeet Singh Sethi 21 February 2018, 7:20 PM
Rashid Khan is having the time of his life

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.

Tweeple couldn't hold themselves back from having a blast:

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)

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