Adil Rashid, England bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Leg-spinner's breakthroughs in middle overs vital for team

What Rashid has done so well, something that has allowed England to reach the top of the ODI rankings, is take wickets in the middle overs.

Peter Miller, May 12, 2019 16:56:15 IST

Of all the players who have seen their star raise as England found a way to make ODI cricket work for them, none has been as important or risen so high as Adil Rashid. He was not selected for the 2015 World Cup and had not played for England since 2009 when he had been given five ODIs and five T20is before being discarded.

Adil Rashid made a comeback into the England team in 2015, six years after making his debut. Reuters

Adil Rashid made a comeback into the England team in 2015, six years after making his debut. Reuters

He was recalled immediately after that World Cup and has played 81 ODIs since. His return has been remarkable, and his efforts have been truly world class. Since he first got a bowl for England in June 2015, he has taken 126 wickets in ODIs, the most by any bowler over that period. Rashid, an English leg-spinner who was not considered for selection for six years, being the leading ODI wicket-taker in the world is perhaps one of the more remarkable stories in recent years.

What Rashid has done so well, something that has allowed England to reach the top of the ODI rankings, is take wickets in the middle overs. In modern one-day cricket, teams can score at five runs an over knowing that with wickets in hand they can double that rate in the last 10 overs. But to do that you need set batsmen and wickets in hand. If Rashid has worked his magic to stop either of those things happening, it makes it so much easier at the death for both himself and his bowling colleagues.

This England batting line up is capable of pyrotechnics, but it is also capable of implosion. Rashid and his wickets are an insurance policy against this. If he can help England defend sub-par totals when the batsmen don’t fire he will go even further towards cementing his place as the best spinners to ever play for England in limited-overs cricket. He is already the leading wicket taker of any spin bowler for England and he has the power to add to that total.

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Updated Date: May 12, 2019 16:56:15 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254