NAME: Adil Usman Rashid DOB: February 17, 1988, Bradford ROLE: All-rounder (leg-spinner, right-handed bat) NICKNAME: Rash, Dilly DID YOU KNOW?: Rashid has built up a big FIFA video game rivalry with Moeen Ali whilst on tour with England.
Adil Rashid was tipped for the top early in his career, and while it may have taken a bit longer than anticipated for him to get there, he is now a firm fixture in England’s one-day and T20 teams.
Leg-spinning all-rounder Rashid has also been a big part of the Test team during their sub-continental winter tours over the last few years.
Rashid took six wickets on his Championship debut for Yorkshire as a teenager in 2006 before first representing England in Twenty20 cricket three years later.
Having also debuted for England in one-day cricket in 2009, he then made his Test bow in late 2015 on tour of the UAE against Pakistan, going on to make 10 appearances in all to date.
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 proven time and time again that he can be a match-winner with both bat and ball, scoring 10 first-class hundreds.
The likelihood is that in 2018, Rashid will pass the 500 first-class wickets mark.
He is regularly seen as the go to man when the tail is in, often bamboozling them with his variations.
Rashid is a two-time County Championship winner.
Having already been spotted by Warne’s mentor 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 2005.
He then scored 111 for the White Rose Under 17s against Cheshire as an opener three days later.
In July 2006, he recorded successive centuries for Yorkshire seconds, going a long way to earning 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.
Rashid played for the MCC in the champion county fixture against Sussex at Lord’s in April 2007 having toured Bangladesh with England A (Lions) earlier in the year.
He scored his maiden first-class century against Worcestershire at Kidderminster in August with his wristy style of batting.
As a result, Rashid was named as the PCA’s and Cricket Writers’ Club’s Young Player of the Year in September.
Snared career best figures of 7-107 in a Championship defeat against Hampshire at Southampton in August 2008 before being awarded his county cap the following month. Rashid took 69 first-class wickets that year.
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.
For Yorkshire, he 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 in 1911.
Rashid won the Big Bash T20 title in Australia with South Australia in early 2011 before enjoying a successful T20 Champions League campaign with Yorkshire in late 2012, positively ending a year which actually saw him lose his Championship place to Azeem Rafiq.
He scored 825 first-class runs in 2013, his best career haul, and then took 73 wickets in 2014, also a best career haul.
The latter contributed to Yorkshire winning their first Championship title since 2001. Rashid also became a father that summer.
In 2015, Rashid was a regular member of England’s limited overs teams for the home series against New Zealand and Australia.
He debuted in Test cricket in October.
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.
In March and April 2016, Rashid was an ever present in England’s World T20 campaign, culminating in a final appearance against the West Indies in Kolkata.
This came after he had been handed another Big Bash deal with Adelaide Strikers, under the guidance of his Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie.
Rashid finished as the second leading wicket-taker in the competition with 16 from nine matches.
In 2017, much like the other Yorkshire England players, his county commitments were limited – he took 31 wickets and scored 304 runs from 24 appearances across all forms – as he played in the one-day Champions Trophy on home soil, with the hosts reaching the semi-finals.
He also played in limited overs series against South Africa and the West Indies during the summer.
He did, however, manage to return career best T20 figures of 4-19 in a NatWest Blast win over Durham at Emerald Headingley in July.
Unfortunately for Rashid, he was overlooked for England’s Ashes Test tour to Australia at the end of the year, but he has not given up hope of a recall in the near future.
He was at least able to travel to Bangladesh with Tim Bresnan, Adam Lyth and David Willey, featuring for the Dhaka Dynamites.
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