Rashid Khan Names His Top Five T20 Cricket Players, And Two Indians Make The Cut

Rashid has been a standout performer for Pakistan in international cricket, but he was modest enough to leave himself off the list. Rashid chose three top-notch batters and two all-rounders to fill out his lineup.

Rashid Khan Names His Top Five T20 Cricket Players, And Two Indians Make The Cut
Rashid Khan Names His Top Five T20 Cricket Players, And Two Indians Make The Cut

The ICC T20 World Cup begins on October 17, and it is a competition that cricket fans have been looking forward to since the last time the sport's top teams competed for a global crown in the sport's shortest format was in 2016.  The International Cricket Council (ICC) on their part have been trying to generate interest around the tournament on its digital and social media platforms by asking top international players to name their "Top 5 T20 players". The latest star to pick his top five T20 players was Afghanistan's star all-rounder Rashid Khan.

Rashid has been a star performer for his country in international cricket but he was humble enough to not include himself in the list. Rashid selected three top-quality batsmen in his side and rounded up his selection with two all-rounders.

The first name on Rashid's list was Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who he chose for his consistency in a variety of situations. The ICC reported Rashid as stating, "Doesn't really depend on the wicket, doesn't matter what the wicket is, he is someone who is going to stand up and perform." With 3,159 runs at an average of 52.65 and a strike rate of 139.04 in men's T20 internationals, Kohli holds the record for most runs scored.

He followed it up with Kohli's contemporary Kane Williamson. Rashid himself has played alongside Williamson in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for years now and chose the New Zealand captain for the sense of “calm” he brings to any team. Williamson has scored 1,805 runs in T20Is at an average of over 31 and a strike rate of over 125.

Former South African legend AB de Villiers is the third batsman on Rashid's list. "A destructive batter, someone who can score quickly at any stage of the game, on any wicket, against any bowler, and with any shot." "As a captain, you'll always want that batsman," Rashid told the ICC of his selection. Kieron Pollard of the West Indies and Hardik Pandya of India are the two all-rounders who made Rashid's top five. 

Rashid said of Pollard and Pandya, "These two will be my key (batters) who can chase 80-90 when I need them in the last four-five overs." "They're the type of batsmen who can simply do the job for you," he continued. Rashid has been playing in the IPL against Pollard and Hardik, who are teammates at Mumbai Indians, for years now and has seen their destructive ability with bat and ball from close quarters.