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Rashid Khan Becomes Youngest Ever No. 1 Bowler in ODI Cricket

(Last Updated On: February 20, 2018)

At the age of 19, Afghanistan’s leg-spinning sensation, Rashid Khan has become the top-ranked ODI bowler, making him the youngest ever No.1 in men’s rankings history.

After a year in which Rashid Khan left plenty of records in his wake – and for which he was given the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year award – the leg-spinner from Afghanistan has added another feather to what is already a pretty stuffed cap. 

Rashid became the youngest player – and only teenager – to top any of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankingstables for men when he became the No.1-ranked ODI bowler at just 7092 days of age.

Confirmation of the achievement came on Monday after Afghanistan completed a 4-1 series-win over Zimbabwe in Sharjah. Rashid was the highest wicket-taker in the series, claiming a remarkable haul of 16 wickets for a total of 127 runs, at a staggering average of 7.9.

Before Rashid, the youngest man to be No.1 in any of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings was Saqlain Mushtaq. The Pakistan off-spinner was 7683 days old when in January 1998 he ascended to top spot in the ODI rankings. 

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