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, highlighted by his role in their 2019 World Cup triumph on home soil.
He is undoubtedly one of the world’s very best spinners with the white ball, rivalling Khans, Rashid and Shadab, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ish Sodhi to name just a few.
Leg-spinning all-rounder Rashid has also been a part of the Test team during their sub-continental winter tours over the last few years and made his home Test debut in the summer of 2018. However, in 2020 he will concentrate on white ball cricket having signed a deal with Yorkshire to reflect that. Although he still harbours Test ambitions, he won’t be playing any red ball cricket in the build-up to the World T20 in Australia later in the year.
2018 proved to be a particularly strange year for Rashid. It started with him announcing that he would be putting his red ball career on hold to concentrate on his development as a limited overs bowler with England and in, hopefully, the many domestic leagues around the world.
He renegotiated his Yorkshire contract as a result, but he was subsequently picked for England’s summer Test series against India, which they won, in July. Later in the year, he signed another Yorkshire deal, reverting back to playing all forms for them in 2019.
However, due to injury and international commitments, including that aforementioned World Cup success, he only played three Royal London one-day Cup matches for the White Rose in 2019. Fingers crossed, Yorkshire will see more of their star performer in 2020 through their Vitality Blast campaign.
Rashid took six wickets on his Championship debut for the county 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 19 appearances in all to date and take 60 wickets.
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.
In 2018, Rashid reached 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. Having said that, he is also bamboozling the best players around, as India star Virat Kohli will testify. More of that later!
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 an injury to Darren Lehmann.
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, 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 having taken a career best 5-27 in a solitary clash with Ireland in early May.
For Yorkshire, however, he did manage to return career best T20 figures of 4-19 in a 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, no doubt contributing in some way to him stepping back from red ball cricket.
Even so, his white ball performances continued to blossom for England as, again, he played little cricket for the White Rose in 2018.
He claimed 44 ODI wickets in the calendar year, including a breathtaking leg-spinner which bowled India skipper Kohli at Headingley in July, added to 12 in T20. His international T20 best of 3-11 came in the one-off victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo in October.
That Kohli delivery went some way to earning him his Test recall, a series victory over India in which he took 10 wickets in five games.
In 2019, on his biggest stage – a home one-day World Cup – Rashid claimed 11 wickets from as many appearances. In much more of a seamer’s competition, he chipped in with some useful contributions, none more so than his best of 3-54 in the semi-final win over Australia at Edgbaston.
At the start of the 2020 English summer, he is set to pass the 250-wicket mark in all international cricket, currently sitting on 247. During February’s ODI series in South Africa, he played his 100th career ODI.
Along with Jonny Bairstow, he was given the Freedom of Bradford by the city’s council following his World Cup exploits.