“Match-Winner In Both Departments”: AB De Villiers Picks The Greatest T20 Player Ever. It’s not Virat Kohli or Chris Gayle
AB de Villiers in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore© BCCI
Former South African captain AB de Villiers has named Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan as the greatest player in the history of T20 cricket. Rashid, who shot to fame after his performances in the Indian Premier League, has been a key cog in Afghanistan’s rise in international cricket. Asked to name the greatest T20 player of all time, de Villiers picked Rashid ahead of his former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammates, Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle, calling the 24-year-old a “match-winner”. For his all round contribution.
“The greatest T20 player I have ever seen is none other than Rashid Khan. He delivers with bat and ball. A match winner in both the departments. He is a livewire in the field and has the heart of a lion. He always wants to win He is very competitive, and he is up there with one of the best T20 players. Not one of the best, the best”, he said on Supersport.
Coming to Rashid, he joined IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in 2017, and managed to make a strong impression in his debut season by bagging 17 wickets in 14 matches.
He took a total of 93 wickets during his time with SRH between 2017 and 2021.
Before last season, Rashid was selected by Gujarat Titans as one of the three draft picks.
He bagged 19 wickets in his first season in the tournament, helping GT lift the title.
He is also the third highest wicket-taker in T20Is with 126 wickets in 77 matches.
Rashid plays franchise cricket around the world, and has represented teams such as the Lahore Qalandars (Pakistan Super League) and the Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League).
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