Rashid Khan Becomes Fastest Bowler to Pick 100 ODI Wickets, Beats Mitchell Starc’s Record
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Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan’s success is one of the great stories in world cricket. The spinner, who made his debut in 2015, is now the owner of one more record. Rashid while playing against Windies in the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 became the fastest bowler to pick 100 ODI (One-Day International) wickets. Number three batsman Shai Hope was Rashid’s 100 wicket in ODIs. And it took Rashid just 44 ODIs to achieve the feat. He broke Australian pacer Mitchell Starc’s record who took 52 matches to scalp his 100th wicket.

Rashid, who is currently ranked number two on ICC ODI bowler rankings, trapped Hope lbw for 23 to make it to 100 wickets. Hope happened to be his lone wicket in the game as Rashid ended with figures of 1/42 in his nine overs.

Fastest to 100 ODI Wickets

Player

Team

Matches

Debut

Time

Rashid Khan

Afghanistan

44 18 Oct 2015

2y 158d

Mitchell Starc Australia 52 20 Oct 2010 5y 306d
Saqlain Mushtaq Pakistan 53 29 Sep 1995 1y 225d
Shane Bond New Zealand 54 11 Jan 2002 5y 12d
Bret Lee Australia 55 9 Jan 2000 3y 16d
Trent Boult New Zealand 56 11 Jul 2012

5y 165d

Imran Tahir South Africa 58 24 Feb 2011 5y 112d
Waqar Younis Pakistan 59 14 Oct 1989 3y 110d
Irfan Pathan India 59 9 Jan 2004 2y 100d
Morne Morkel South Africa 59 6 Jun 2007 5y 230d

Meanwhile, Afghanistan defeated Windies comprehensively by seven wickets in the final to win the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018. The Asghar Stanikzai-led side chased down paltry 205 runs 40.4 overs.

Afghanistan at one stage were almost out of the tournament but bounced back in style to make it to the final and 2019 World Cup. After losing their opening World Cup Qualifier group games to Zimbabwe, Scotland and Hong Kong, they managed to make it to Super Sixes and then defeated Windies, UAE, and Ireland to make it to the final. However, UAE’s win over hits Zimbabwe made the road to finals clear for Afghanistan.