Afghan Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the brand new thriller spinner

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the primary Check, ODI and T20I cricketer born within the 21st century.

As if that’s not formidable sufficient, at 16 years and 325 days he turned the primary to seize 5 wickets in an ODI. At 17 years and 11 days he turned the youngest to play within the IPL, contracted for a large however well-earned $630,000.

He claimed a wicket together with his third supply, trapping Colin Munro in entrance.

There’s extra.

At 17 years 78 days, he turned the youngest Afghan to make his Check and first-class debut. Each got here in the identical sport.

Final night time on the Gold Coast, Australian cricket followers noticed make his Massive Bash debut for the Brisbane Warmth, claiming 2-23 off his 4 overs with the scalps of top-order batsmen Matt Wade and Alex Doolan for 5 runs apiece.

Mujeeb ur Rahman playing for Afganistan

Afghan cricketer Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Picture by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

What makes Mujeeb so thrilling is he delivers together with his center finger bent on both facet of the ball, and that determines whether or not it’s an off-break, a leg-break, or a canon-ball – with no discernible change in motion.

I name Mujeeb a flick spinner, and I’ve solely seen 4 others in my lifetime. They’re, in chronological order, Jack Iverson (1950-51), Sonny Ramadhin (1950-1960), Johnny Gleeson (1967-1972), and Ajantha Mendis from 2008 to 2014.

Iverson was merely sensational. He mesmerised England to seize 21 collection wickets at a miserly 15.23 with an economic system charge of 1.73, and a strike charge of 52.7 – leaving Keith Miller’s 17 wickets at 17.70, Invoice Johnston’s 22 at 19.18, and Ray Lindwall’s 15 at 22.93 in his wake.

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Not one Englishman might choose him. The saggy greens romped house Four-1 with the Ashes.

Tv didn’t begin till the Melbourne Olympic Video games in 1956, so I needed to go to the continuous newsreel on the high of Wynyard ramp in Sydney to see Iverson in motion. That was till the third Check on the SCG the place, as an 11-year-old, I noticed each ball bowled, however particularly Iverson.

He didn’t strike a blow in England’s first dig as Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller and Ian Johnson dominated with 9 wickets between them with a run out – I used to be very dissatisfied.

But it surely was definitely worth the wait to see Iverson strike within the second dig with 6-27 off 19.Four with Len Hutton, Cyril Washbrook, Reg Simpson, skipper Freddie Brown, Alec Bedser and Doug Wright his victims in a collection excessive efficiency, eclipsing the Four-43 and Four-37 he claimed on debut.

These 5 Exams had been his first and final, as he left cricket to assist run his household enterprise.

Sadly Iverson took his personal life at 58, which forged a pall over cricket in Australia in any respect ranges.

Ramadhin was the second flick spinner, at all times carrying lengthy sleeves to cover his grip and a cap for good measure. Small in stature, however enormous in capacity, he fashioned an excellent partnership with gangling left-arm spinner Alf Valentine – the West Indian spin twins.

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Being so small, Ramadhin gave his deliveries far more air than regular, which generated extra spin that made him extra harmful.

He completed his stellar profession of 43 Exams with 158 wickets at 28.98, an economic system charge of 1.97, and a strike charge of 88.2.

Gleeson was totally different as I had the privilege, however not typically the pleasure, of taking part in towards him for a decade in Sydney first-grade cricket.

His flick spin was additionally nearly inconceivable to select, and except I might attain him on the complete, or the half-volley, it was play again and hope for the very best.

If I didn’t choose ‘Cho’, quick for Cricket Hours Solely, he’d make me look fairly foolish. However I had loads of mates.

Gleeson’s profession stats – 29 Exams, 93 wickets at 36.20 with an economic system charge of two.28, and a strike charge of 95.2.

Sri Lankan Mendis took to Check cricket in a rush with 33 wickets at 18.36 in his first eight Exams, however he was extra pickable as time wore on to complete his profession with 70 wickets at 34.77 from 19 Exams with an economic system charge of Four.80, and a strike charge of 67.5.

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However all 4 will dwell lengthy in cricket folklore as being very particular, and so will Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

He’s achieved a lot in such a short while, it stands to cause he can be a good larger menace as his expertise grows and his accuracy improves.

Mujeeb is an thrilling cricketer, and with Afghanistan now formally within the massive league of Check cricket, at 17 years and 270 days the training curve can be steep.

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