5 batsmen who can dominate Rashid Khan

It will be an interesting battle between these batsmen and Rashid.

Rashid Khan
Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Unpredictable, often unplayable and unimaginably talented – these are just some adjectives that can describe Afghanistan’s spinning sensation, Rashid Khan. The 20-year old has been globetrotting and has been a highly sought-after commodity in the myriad T20 leagues that have sprung up in the smallest of cricketing nations. He’s now established himself as an automatic pick for Afghanistan.

Although not a big turner of the ball, Rashid puts batsmen under constant pressure by bowling quickly through the air while maintaining a stump-to-stump line. His most potent weapon is a very accurate googly, which, more often than not, results in a wicket.

This youngster has already played 134 T20 matches but nevertheless maintains a miserly economy rate of 6.07 – such is the impact of Rashid Khan in a T20 side. The Sunrisers Hyderabad have been the fortunate IPL side who have his services and when the leggie comes on to bowl, he can single-handedly decelerate the opposition’s run rate. Having said that, there’s a smattering of batsmen who are capable of dominating Rashid and the sport eagerly waits for a contest between these five cricketers and the leg-spinning prodigy.

Here we bring you five batsmen who can dominate the leg-spinner:

1. Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ambati Rayudu is currently auditioning for the no.4 spot in the Indian team and has almost sealed his spot for India’s upcoming ODI ventures. His biggest strength is his patience early on in the innings. Speaking of patience, that’s a key quality in a batsman that would allow him to dominate a bowler like Rashid. The leggie is the kind who wants to go for the jugular directly and choke the scoring rate, which eventually leads to a wicket. But Rayudu is happy to defend, pick singles and make sure that the bowler isn’t under control of the situation.

The 33-year old has also exhibited his ability to play as a cool finisher. He relies on his timing to deposit the ball into the stands. Moreover, Rayudu is always looking to come down the track to the spinners in an effort to negate the spin. Ambati Rayudu dominating Rashid Khan isn’t entirely a speculation – the Hyderabad batsman has done so en route becoming the fourth highest run-getter of the season in the Chennai Super Kings’ title-winning return to the IPL.

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