Adil Rashid - Professional English cricketer
Adil Rashid was born on February 17, 1988 in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He plays for England as a leg-spinner.
Adil Rashid: career
Rashid made several appearances for Yorkshire’s second team, earning four hundred in 2006. The invitation to the base matched with the injury of one of the batsmen, Darren Lehmann, which allowed Adil to try his hand at the County Championship soon. The very first game against the Warwickshire ended in victory. Until the end of the season, Adil regularly entered the field, soon completing his first fifty in the match against the Nottinghamshire.
Rashid was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the spine in early 2007, which left him out of the England U-21 team’s bid for the Malaysian tour. Nevertheless, the young bowler managed to establish himself perfectly in the U-19 team, and he received an invitation to the test team for the matches of the Indian series at the end of 2008. Already at that time, the coach of English bowlers David Parsons called Adil one of the most gifted leg-spinners in the country, and later, having established himself at the heart of the national team finally. He repeatedly received the most flattering ratings, including from captain Eoin Morgan.
“Adil is arguably the best young cricketer in England,” – said legendary Jason Gillespie, – I think that he will be able to play the all-rounder role in the future.”
Initially, it was assumed that Rashid would continue playing for the youth team. But, the Marylebone Cricket Club, which managed to sign the gifted athlete, expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that he was missing too many matches. As a result, he devoted some time to the County Championship, making his debut hundred in matches against Worcestershire and recorded more wickets at the end of the 2007 season than any other player on the team. In the fall, he was recognized by the PCA as the best young player of the year.
Experts expressed concern that Adil’s progress could end there. Nonetheless, he did well in the Rose Bowl (7/107 against the Hampshire), ending the season with 62 wickets and becoming Yorkshire’s leading wicket-taker for the second time in a row.
Despite a rather unstable game in the national team and a temporary loss of form in subsequent seasons, Adil did not lose his position in the County Championship. Refreshing George Hirst’s 1911 record, he recorded 732 runs at 45.75 and 57 wickets at 31.29 in 2010-2011, making him one of the best Yorkshire bowlers of all time. In parallel, he played for the South -Australian team in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, leading them to victory.
However, fitness problems did not disappear: Rashid’s performance was so low that he did not receive an invitation to the England cricket team in the following season and lost his place in the Yorkshire. The club even thought about getting rid of the player, but Adil Rashid was almost flawless in the next season and not only was able to return to his previous positions but also significantly improved his position, primarily in ODI competitions.
After a short pause due to the player’s desire to focus on the competition with the white ball, Rashid returned to the Yorkshire, whose colors he still defends. In addition, over the years of an active career, he managed to play for:
- the Yorkshire (since 2006);
- the Marylebone Cricket Club (2007-2009);
- the South Australia (2011);
- the Adelaide Strikers (2015-2016);
- the Punjabi Legends (2017);
- the Dhaka Dynamites (since 2017).
Adil Rashid: performances at the international level
Adil Rashid was recruited to the England squad for the 2008 Duleep Trophy, picking up six wickets in two games straight off. Thanks to steady progress, the player was increasingly invited to training camps and tours, although he spent more time on the bench than on the field at first. In particular, Jeff Miller, one of the main breeders of the national team, emphasized:
“Adil Rashid is our foundation for the future. His inclusion in the lists of the national team will allow him to continue to monitor his development and increase the degree of competition in the team.”
The player got his first chance in 2009, when the injured Andrew Flintoff fell out of the team at the ICC World Twenty20. Despite the relatively modest results, Rashid was called up to the Ashes series against Australia a little later, where he played several matches but did not make it to the final.
Adil Rashid played for the national team in ODI for the first time in August. Having recorded seven runs against Ireland, he took part in the confrontation with the Australians, impressing the audience and opponents (Michael Clarke and James Hopes did not spare the praise for the young bowler).
The next season turned out to be rather controversial for Rashid. On the one hand, he managed to oust Monty Panesar from the base, but at the same time, the headquarters did not seek to entrust him with a leading role on the field. In addition, the player began to have problems with the form soon. Therefore, he lost his place in the test team, being left out of the application for the Asian tour.
Player was able to return to the team only a few seasons later, although his results at the test competition level initially left much to be desired. He got the chance to play for Ashes against New Zealand in 2015, which he took full advantage of: he scored 177 runs on the seventh wicket with Jos Buttler and completed the first fifty in just 37 goals. However, the rest of the season was not successful enough for him, so the English coach insisted that the bowler should enter into a one-year agreement with the Adelaide Strikers (Australian BBL).
Despite temporary difficulties, Rashid retained his place in the ODI and even took part in the 2016 T20 World Cup, where the British took second place. A season later, he played in the Champions Trophy by the ICC, ending up in the symbolic team of the tournament.
He played his 150th England match in the World Cup in June 2019. Today Rashid in the TOP-10 T20I ICC player rankings.
Adil Rashid: game statistics
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