If there will ever be talk about one of the greatest cricketers of all time, former South African captain AB de Villiers's name will be among the top players ever to grace the game. With astonishing numbers on the international stage and an extraordinary style of batting, De Villiers’ name is written in golden letters in the history books. Meanwhile, a South African great was recently asked about who he thinks is the best T20 cricketer of all time, and ‘Mr. 360’ surprised everyone by naming this player as the best ever.
If you all wondering if De Villers named Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle or any close to these names, then mind you readers you all are wrong. It's none other than a spin wizard from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan. “My greatest T20 player of all time is none other than Rashid Khan. He delivers with bat and ball. Match winner in both departments: he is a livewire in the field and he has got the heart of a lion. He always wants to win; he is very competitive, and he is right there with one of the best T20 players. Not one of the best, the best,” he said on SuperSport.
Notably, Rashid Khan is one of the heavyweights playing all across T20 leagues in the world. He is currently making a strong case for Shaheen Afridi-led Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan Super League as the franchise is on the run to defend its title. In IPL, Khan plays for defending champion Gujarat Titans but made the entry into India’s T20 league via Sunrisers Hyderabad, in 2017. He quickly rose to fame as he bagged 17 wickets in 14 matches in his debut season. He took a total of 93 wickets during his time with SRH from 2017 and 2021.
In the previous season when Khan’s team Gujarat Titans lifted the title, the off-spinner took a total of 19 wickets and made an immense contribution to GT winning the title in its debut season. He is also the third-highest wicket-taker in T20Is, with 126 wickets in 77 games. Rashid plays franchise cricket around the world and has represented teams such as Lahore Qalandars (Pakistan Super League), and Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League), among others.