Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s leg-spinner, parted ways with Sunrisers Hyderabad before IPL Auction 2022. The 23-year-old penned an emotional note after SRH released him from their squad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has let go of a majority of their overseas stars before IPL Auction 2022. New Zealand all format skipper batsman Kane Williamson is the only foreigner retained by Hyderabad. Along with Kane Williamson, SRH has retained uncapped players youngster Abdul Samad and pacer Umran Malik.
Rashid Khan Thanked Sunrisers Hyderabad For Support After Being Released By The Franchise Ahead Of IPL 2022 Mega Auction
Abdul Samsad has played 23 IPL matches managing 222 runs besides picking 2 scalps, while Umran Malik has played only 3 IPL games picking 2 scalps. Rashid Khan posted a collage of four photos on his Instagram handle and thanked Sunrisers Hyderabad as well as the team’s fans for their support.
“It has been a wonderful journey with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Thank you for your support, love and for believing in me. To the #OrangeArmy you’ve been my pillar of strength and I shall forever be grateful for such wonderful fans,” wrote Rashid Khan.
Rashid Khan, who picked up 18 wickets in 14 matches in the last edition, has consistently turned heads with his bowling exploits in the IPL. Maintaining a good economy of 6.69, he was the seventh-best bowler in the Purple Cap standings last season.
Overall, Rashid has scalped 93 wickets in 76 matches for SRH at an economy of 6.33. Only Bhuvneshwar Kumar (142 wickets), Sandeep Sharma (112 wickets), and Ashish Nehra (106 wickets) have a better wicket-taking record for the franchise than him.
Rashid Khan played 76 IPL matches for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, scalping 93 wickets at an economy rate of 6.33. The leg-spinner won eight Man of the Match awards in the five seasons he played for SRH. In the 2021 IPL, Rashid scalped 18 wickets and scored 83 runs in 14 matches for the Orange Army.
Rashid Khan of Afghanistan picked up 8 scalps at an economic rate of 6.1 in the T20I World Cup. Rashid Khan has 93 scalps in 76 games in IPL, averaging 20.55 at an economic rate of 6.33- the best in IPL history. If SRH fails to acquire Rashid Khan’s services during the bidding, it would be the first season for the player with any other franchise, as his association with the Orange Army dates back to 2017, when he made his IPL tournament debut.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Will Aim To Build A Strong Squad Around Kane Williamson And Try To Buy Back Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, And Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Sunrisers Hyderabad CEO K Shanmugam appeared on Star Sports last night to discuss the reasons behind the team’s player retentions. While talking about Rashid Khan’s release, K Shanmugam mentioned that the Orange Army will try to match the auction price if he enters the mega auction.
Having released most of their star players, Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to rebuild a strong squad around captain Kane Williamson at IPL Auction 2022. It will be interesting to see if SRH can buy back the likes of Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the mega auction.
SRH paid Rs 14 crores to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson followed by Rs 4 crores each to uncapped Jammu and Kashmir talents Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. Meanwhile, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were also released along with Rashid Khan.