Rashid Khan becomes the youngest No.1 in men’s cricket


At just 7,092 days of age, Afghanistan’s teenage leg-spinning sensation has become the top-ranked ODI bowler, making him the youngest ever No.1 in men’s rankings history.

After a year in which Rashid Khan left plenty of records in his wake – and for which he was given the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year award – the leg-spinner from Afghanistan has added another feather to what is already a pretty stuffed cap.

Rashid became the youngest player – and only teenager – to top any of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings tables for men when he became the No.1-ranked ODI bowler at just 7,092 days of age.

Confirmation of the achievement came on Monday after Afghanistan completed a 4-1 series-win over Zimbabwe in Sharjah. Rashid was the highest wicket-taker in the series, claiming a remarkable haul of 16 wickets for a total of 127 runs, at a staggering average of 7.9.

Before Rashid, the youngest man to be No.1 in any of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings was Saqlain Mushtaq. The Pakistan off-spinner was 7,683 days old when in January 1998 he ascended to top spot in the ODI rankings.

Youngest men to top any ICC ranking table*

PlayerTableAge (in days)Year
Rashid Khan (Afg)ODI bowlers7,0922018
Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak)ODI bowlers7,6831998
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)Test batsmen7,8781994
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)ODI all-rounders7,9762009
Kagiso Rabada (SA)ODI bowlers8,0402017
Garry Sobers (WI)Test batsmen8,1911959
Don Bradman (Aus)Test batsmen8,2191931
Maninder Singh (Ind)ODI bowlers8,2281987
Ian Botham (Eng)Test all-rounders8,2391978
George Lohmann (Eng)Test bowlers8,2881888

Interestingly, Stafanie Taylor, the star Windies Women all-rounder, is the only player – man or woman – to have topped an ICC ranking table at a younger age than Rashid. Taylor was only 6,907 days old when she climbed to the top of the Women’s T20I batting charts in 2010.

Youngest women to top any ICC ranking table*

PlayerTableAge (in days)Year
Stafanie Taylor (WI)T20I batters6,9072010
Hayley Matthews (WI)T20I bowlers7,1542017
Rebecca Steele (NZ)T20I all-rounders7,1552004
Ellyse Perry (Aus)T20I bowlers7,1802010
Holly Colvin (Eng)ODI bowlers7,2432009
Zoe Goss (Aus)ODI all-rounders7,3021988
Sarah Taylor (Eng)ODI batters7,3512009
Rosalie Birch (Eng)T20I bowlers7,5482004
Jenny Gunn (Eng)T20I all-rounders7,7692007
Louise Browne (WI)ODI batters7,7801973

Originally Posted on SamaaNews


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