Why Rashid Khan is a GOAT in T20s? – Analysis in numbers

Let us have a look at some of the numbers from T20s, T20Is and IPL to know why Rashid Khan can be considered as a GOAT in T20s.

Sudharshan Sridharan Author

Updated - 12 June 2021 10:06 am

Rashid Khan has proven time and again why he is the best bowler in the T20 format currently. His performances in IPL since 2017 has grabbed everyone's attention and his wicket-taking ability along with his tight economy has made him a big match-winner for his side and no one seems to have decoded his magical spin bowling so far.

Yesterday, the Afghanistan Spinner amazed everyone with his sensational performance of 5/20 vs Peshawar Zalmi that helped his team win by a margin of 10 runs. By doing so, he registered his first 5-wicket haul in the T20s. Notably, Rashid already has two five-wicket hauls in T20Is to his name.

Let us have a look at some of the numbers from T20s, T20Is and IPL to know why Rashid Khan can be considered as a GOAT in T20s.

366 - Rashid Khan has picked 366 wickets in T20s, which is the 7th highest overall in this format. He has a bowling average of 17.16 and a bowling economy of 6.26 in T20s. No other bowler has picked more T20 wickets than Rashid Khan with a better bowling average.

Most wickets in T20s since 2016 :


Rashid Khan - 364 (257 inns)
Imran Tahir - 259 (186 inns)
Dwayne Bravo - 238 (202 inns)
Wahab Riaz - 219 (173 inns)
Chris Jordan - 205 (181 inns)

Note:- Rashid Khan took two T20 wickets in 2015

93 - Rashid Khan has picked 93 wickets in T20Is since Jan 2016, which is the most for any player. No other player has been close to him despite every one of them playing almost more or less the same number of T20Is in that time period.

Most wickets in T20Is since 2016 :

Rashid Khan - 93 (49 inns)
Ish Sodhi - 68 (51 inns)
Yuzvendra Chahal - 62 (48 inns)
Chris Jordan - 61 (50 inns)
Jasprit Bumrah - 59 (49 inns)

6.23 - In the most competitive T20 League (IPL) Rashid Khan holds the record for having the best economy rate in the IPL history (Minimum 250 balls bowled).

Most wickets in IPL since 2018 :

Jasprit Bumrah - 69 (52 inns)
Rashid Khan - 68 (55 inns)
Kagiso Rabada - 63 (36 inns)
Trent Boult - 56 (41 inns)
Yuzvendra Chahal - 55 (50 inns)

27.19 - Since Rashid Khan's T20I debut, he has contributed 27.19% of the wickets (93 wickets) to Afghanistan's total of 342 T20I wickets (Picked by all bowlers).

Most percentages of wickets contributed for Afghanistan since Rashid Khan's T20I debut

Rashid Khan - 27.19
Mohammad Nabi - 12.86
Karim Janat - 8.47
Mujeeb Ur Rahman - 7.3
Amir Hamza / Fareed Ahmad - 6.14

12.63 - Rashid Khan has the best bowling S/R in T20Is. For every 25 balls on average, he has picked 2 wickets in a T20I game. Despite bowling 193 overs, he has managed to keep a tight S/R, which is a record for any player.

Best S.R for a bowler in T20Is (Min 500 balls bowled):

Rashid Khan - 12.63
Sandeep Lamichhane - 14
Ajanta Mendis - 14.42

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