SA20 2023: Rashid Khan becomes the second player in history to complete 500 T20 wickets

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Rashid Khan is widely considered the best spinner ever in T20 cricket (SA20/Twitter)

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, one of the best spin bowlers in the T20 format, accomplished a historic achievement on Monday. At the young age of 24, Rashid became the youngest player to reach 500 T20 wickets, joining Dwayne Bravo in the elite list of players to accomplish this milestone.

Rashid achieved this feat during a match in the South African T20 League (SA T20) between MI Cape Town and the Pretoria Capitals at the Newlands Stadium.

Rashid, who is leading the MI Cape Town team in the inaugural season of the league, had a brilliant spell, taking 3 wickets and giving away only 16 runs. He was on the verge of creating history and finally reached the milestone by dismissing Fortuin with an excellent delivery that moved slightly in the air and was edged onto the stumps.

Rashid has been a key player for the Afghanistan cricket team for some time and has also proven his skill in T20 leagues around the world. Last year, he was named as the Afghanistan T20I captain by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), replacing Mohammad Nabi, who stepped down as captain in November, after Afghanistan’ elimination from the T20 World Cup.

Despite Rashid’s efforts, the Capitals won the game by 52 runs. Will Jacks led the charge for the Capitals with a 19-ball half-century and although seven wickets fell in the last 13 overs, Kusal Mendis and Theunis de Bruyn played quick-fire knocks to take their team to 182.

In response, Dewald Brevis looked in brilliant form but three wickets each for Wayne Parnell and Anrich Nortje proved to be the deciding factor as MI Cape Town slumped to a heavy defeat.

Rashid’s achievement is a testament to his exceptional talent and dedication to the sport. With his young age and promising career, there’s no doubt that he will continue to break records and achieve greater milestones in the future.