Purely on numbers of the last five or six years, one can safely say that Rashid Khan is one of the hardest bowlers to face for most of the batters in world cricket, especially in the T20s. He has maintained an economy rate of 6.38 in the 92 IPL matches that he has played, which is not much different from his career T20 economy rate of 6.35. Considering that Rashid plays in different leagues across the globe in various conditions against some of the most feared ball-strikers of the game, that is just a phenomenal record.
All the top batters in world cricket right now including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jos Buttler like to play Rashid Khan out instead of taking risks and end up throwing their wicket away. After playing over 300 T20 matches all over the world for different teams, Rashdi Khan does feel some pressure against a batter, and that is his Gujarat Titans teammate Shubman Gill.
After beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 final by 7 wickets to claim their maiden IPL title, Gujarat Titans all-rounder Rashid Khan said Gill is the only player against whom he thought it will be hard to bowl.
During a chat on Star Sports, Rashid Khan said, “So proud to be here with him. With someone like him, it gives you lots of energy in the game. The way he played throughout the tournament was unbelievable so pleased to have him on our side. He’s the only one I was thinking will be hard for me to bowl to but luckily I have him on my side.”
Shubman Gill played an unbeaten knock of 45 in a tricky 131-run chase. In fact, he hit Obed McCoy for a six to seal the match for his side. Rashid Khan, however, did not forget to credit the bowlers who did not allow RR to score 130. GT skipper, Hardik Pandya picked up three wickets while Rashid, Sai Kishore, Mohammed Shami, and Yash Dayal also chipped in with crucial wickets.
Rashid Khan said, “We adjusted quickly with the wicket. We know it’s a kind of wicket where chasing 150-plus was going to be hard. Middle overs were very important. We bowled really well as a unit.”