Gifted leg-spinner Rashid Khan has become the first player to win the Adelaide Strikers’ BBL Most Valuable Player award in back-to-back seasons.
The 20-year-old Afghan edged out batsman Jon Wells in the player-voted award after another impressive Big Bash summer in blue.
Rashid played every match for Adelaide in BBL|08 and claimed 19 wickets - a record haul for a Striker in a single BBL series - to rank equal-fifth on the tournament wicket-takers list.
He consistently challenged the competition’s best batsmen even when not taking wickets. Rashid’s bowling economy of 6.14 was the second-best of any player to bowl more than three overs in BBL|08.
The youngster also contributed with the willow, smashing 93 runs from just 56 balls faced for a strike rate of 166.07 - the best of any player to bat in more than three innings.
He was deservingly named in the BBL’s Team of the Tournament for the second consecutive season.
STRIKERS BBL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER WINNERS
BBL|08: Rashid Khan
BBL|07: Rashid Khan
BBL|06: Ben Dunk
BBL|05: Adil Rashid
BBL|04: Adam Zampa
BBL|03: Michael Neser
BBL|02: Johan Botha
BBL|01: Michael Klinger