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Spinner earns MVP title

23 March 2018

Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan has rounded out a dream debut Big Bash season by claiming the Adelaide Strikers’ BBL Most Valuable Player award.

Rashid, 19, was nominated by his peers for an outstanding first season as a Striker which included 18 wickets at 13.83 boasting an economy of just 5.64 – the best of any player to bowl more than four overs in BBL|07.

He became the first player in Big Bash history to claim multiple wickets through their opening five matches – 2-22 in the first three - and earned at least one wicket in all-but one of his 11 games.

Rashid returned best match figures of 3-20 and quickly became feared for his ability to turn a match on its head with his unpredictable wrong’un.

The best of Rashid Khan in BBL|07

He earned two player of the match awards, both against the Sydney Thunder, and also finished inside the top five of the BBL’s Player of the Tournament voting. The cult figure was also admired by legendary wicketkeeper-batsman and idol, Adam Gilchrist.

The teenager is the youngest male player to be ranked No.1 by the International Cricket Council in any form of the game and is currently the top-ranked ODI and T20I bowler in the world.

Rashid recently signed a contract extension which will see him remain a Striker until at least the end of BBL|09.

The Strikers' season that was

STRIKERS BBL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER WINNERS
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