Adil Rashid was tipped for the top early in his career, and while it may have taken a touch longer to get there than most anticipated, 2015 proved that this leg-spinning all-rounder can have a big say in international cricket in the years to come.
Rashid took six wickets on his Championship debut as a teenager, and has since played one-day Twenty20 international and, most recently, Test cricket for his country.
Rashid debuted in Test cricket in late 2015 against Pakistan in the UAE, playing all three matches in that particular series, which England lost 2-0.
He took five wickets in the second innings of his debut at Abu Dhabi, a draw, and before the third Test at Sharjah worked with Australian legend Shane Warne in the nets. Earlier in his career, Rashid also worked with the late spin guru Terry Jenner – Warne’s mentor.
In county cricket, the Bradfordian has proved time and time again that he can be a match-winner with both bat and ball.
He will be the first to admit his development has hit the odd bump in the road along the way – the summer of 2011 was a difficult time and most would have expected him to have played more for his country by now – but there were signs in 2012 that he is certainly heading in the right direction.
And so it proved. In 2013, Rashid sailed beyond 300 wickets and 4,000 runs in first-class cricket. He even scored three successive Championship centuries in the first half of the season as he arguably enjoyed his best ever season with the bat.
In 2014, the summer ended with a Championship winning medal, an England recall within touching distance and tongues wagging about his performances with bat and ball in the Championship and with the ball in the Royal London one-day Cup.
In 2015, those England honours arrived under new coach Trevor Bayliss, while another Championship medal was secured.
In 2009, the player who has been involved with England at both limited overs World Cups scored hundreds in successive Championship innings against Hampshire and Lancashire as well as taking two five-wicket hauls.
It was the first time the back-to-back double had been achieved by a Yorkshire player since the great George Herbert Hirst did it in 1911. If Rashid can enjoy even a fraction of the Hirst’s success, he will finish his career as a Yorkshire legend.
2005 – Having already been spotted by Shane Warne’s mentor Terry Jenner, Rashid claimed 6-13 from 8.2 overs for Yorkshire’s Academy in a Yorkshire Premier League clash with Sheffield United CC in July. Scored 111 for the White Rose under 17s against Cheshire as an opener three days later.
2006 – Recorded successive centuries for Yorkshire seconds in July, and had therefore done enough to earn a first-team debut in a Championship match against Warwickshire at Scarborough later that month due to Darren Lehmann’s injury. He took 6-67 from 18 overs in the second innings of a thumping win.
2007 – Played for the MCC in the champion county fixture against Sussex at Lord’s in April having toured Bangladesh with England A (Lions) earlier in the year. Scored his maiden first-class century against Worcestershire at Kidderminster in August, and was named named PCA’s and Cricket Writers’ Club’s Young Player of the Year in September.
2008 – Snared career best figures of 7-107 in a Championship defeat against Hampshire at Southampton in August before being awarded his county cap the following month. Took 65 first-class wickets in the summer, still the best return of his career to date.
2009 – Having toured India with England’s Test squad for experience in late 2008, he was called into the squad in all three formats for the New Year tour of the West Indies, although had to wait until June to make his 20-over international debut against the Netherlands at Lord’s in June, the World Twenty20 opener. Also made his ODI bow against Ireland at Belfast in August. Achieved that aforementioned rare double for Yorkshire later in the month.
2010 – Enjoyed the best all-round season of his first-class career by scoring 732 runs and taking 57 wickets. A haul of 26 wickets from 16 Twenty20 matches also earned him a deal as South Australia’s overseas player for their Big Bash campaign later in the year.
2011 – Won the Big Bash with the Redbacks before touring the Caribbean with the England Lions in February and March. Took eleven wickets in Yorkshire’s first Championship match against Worcestershire at New Road in April, but it was a summer he would rather forget.
2012 – Although he started the county season slowly, losing his place as the county’s number one spinner to Azeem Rafiq, he displayed encouraging form in the second half of the summer in tandem with Rafiq, especially with a five-for against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road in August. Also enjoyed a successful Champions League t20 campaign in October, and his batting was a particularly crucial part of qualifying wins over UVA Next and Trinidad and Tobago.
2013 – Rashid, who took advantage of a knee injury to Rafiq, enjoyed his best summer in the last three, especially with the bat. He may have scored more first-class runs in a season before (837 from 17 matches), but this summer must have been his most satisfying with the blade. In 15 Championship matches, he scored 825 runs at an average of 51.56 with three centuries against Somerset twice and Warwickshire. He also chipped in with 29 wickets. His upturn in form was put down to a more focused approach and a more settled personal life.
2014 – This summer proved to be a stunning one for Rashid, who became a father for the first time to son Mohammad Zain. He scored Championship hundreds against Somerset at Taunton and Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford, the same match in which he also took three wickets in first innings and five in the second. He ended the season with 46 Championship wickets and 577 runs from 14 matches and 21 wickets from nine Royal London one-day matches, the second best return in the country. After the birth of his son in June, he took 85 wickets and scored 828 runs from 35 matches across all competitions and was rewarded with a call-up to the England Performance Programme and Lions squads for their winter tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa.
2015 – A regular member of England’s limited overs teams for the home series against New Zealand and Australia, Rashid debuted in Test cricket in October against Pakistan in the UAE. After conceding 0-163 in the first innings at Abu Dhabi, the worst figures by a Test debutant, he bounced back superbly with 5-64 in the second innings as England nearly pulled off a day five win when the draw looked certain. He hit 61, a maiden Test fifty, in the second Test at Dubai. County appearances through the summer were limited, although he did pass the 400 first-class wicket mark.
NameAdil U Rashid
Born17th February 1988
RoleRight Hand Bat//Right Arm Legbreak Bowler
County DebutYorkshire v Warwickshire, July 19th 2006
First ClassYorkshire v Warwickshire, July 19th 2006