Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan
Photo: Twitter/ KFC Big Bash League

Afghanistan star cricketer Rashid Khan on Monday emulated former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's iconic helicopter shot in a Big Bash League (BBL) match.

Playing for Adelaide Strikers, the 22-year-old slammed a helicopter shot straight down the ground off Andrew Tye's bowling. He scored 29 runs of 13 balls, which included three sixes and a four. The leggie also picked up two wickets in the match against Perth Scorchers.

Batting first, Adelaide Strikers scored 165-8 in 20 overs after Perth Scorchers skipper Ashton Turner put them in to bat. However, they were not able to chase down the modest total. The line-up which comprised of batting heavyweights like Jason Roy, Colin Munro and Mitchell Marsh were all out for 94 runs in only 15.2 overs.

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Meanwhile, Rashid Khan was on Monday awarded the ICC T20I Cricketer of the Decade. The leg-spinner was the highest wicket-taker in T20 Internationals in the past 10 years with 89 scalps at an average of 12.62. He had three four-wicket hauls and two five-fors during this period.

"I am speechless after this award. For someone from Afghanistan to get this award, it's a special moment for me, for my country and for my fans," he said in a video message posted on ICC's Twitter page.

He said his focus now would be on improving his batting skills in the coming years.

"I have played for five years and my target is to play for another 10 years and keep on doing well. I have been doing well in bowling and in the coming years I will be focussing on contributing with the bat also," he said.

Talking about some memorable performances, he said, "I have so many memories in T20 cricket. I had 5 for 6 against Ireland, including four wickets in four balls. That was a memorable performance.

"I can't forget my performance in 2016 T20 World Cup where I was the second highest wicket taker. The win against eventual champions West Indies was also a memorable one. I took two wickets in that match and the wicket of Marlon Samuels was my best in that World Cup."

(With PTI inputs)

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