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Tuesday July 16, 2024

Afghanistan’s Rashid breaks T20I record

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is one wicket short of joining the club

By Faizan Lakhani
June 25, 2024
Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan appeals for a wicket during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2024 match between Afghanistan and Australia at Arnos Vale Stadium in Arnos Vale, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 22, 2024. —AFP
Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan appeals for a wicket during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2024 match between Afghanistan and Australia at Arnos Vale Stadium in Arnos Vale, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 22, 2024. —AFP

Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan has become the quickest bowler to bag 150 wickets within 100 T20 international matches, etching his name in history books.

The spinner accomplished this record in his 92nd T20I match on Tuesday.

Rashid is the second bowler to have taken 150 wickets as only New Zealand’s Tim Southee has as yet reached this milestone but he did it in 118 matches.

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is one wicket short of joining the club though. He has played 129 T20I matches.

This was not the only glory in which Afghans basked on Tuesday as Afghanistan for the first time reached T20 World Cup semi-finals after beating Bangladesh in the crucial Super 8 match. The victory was guided by Rashid’s stellar performance as he took four wickets for 23 runs.

The Rashid Khan-led unit beat Bangladesh by 8 runs (DLS method) at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent.

India, England and South Africa, had already qualified for the semi-finals of the ongoing mega event and the fourth one was decided after the today’s match.

Now, South Africa will face Afghanistan, while England will lock horns with India in the semi-finals. Both matches will be played on June 27.