Rashid Khan, who a few months ago was declared the T20 cricketer of the decade, has picked some of his favorite leg spinners from different teams around the world and his list features two Indian leg spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi.
Ravi Bishnoi is someone who is very young, but he is very similar to Rashid Khan in terms of his bowling style. Bishnoi is quicker through the air and doesn’t rely a lot on his leg-spin. He mostly relies on his googlies.
Bishnoi’s reliance on his googlies is to an extent where a googly can be considered his stock ball and the general leg-spinning delivery is his variation, which he surprises the batsman with.
Bishnoi bowls similar kind of length that Rashid Khan bowls
There is a similarity between Bishnoi and Rashid Khan in terms of length as well. Both bowlers like to bowl back of a length and don’t really allow the batsman to get to the pitch of the ball. Since both of them are quicker through the air as well, it’s not easy for the batsman to use his feet against those two either.
Rashid revealed that he had asked Bishnoi to work on a few things when he met him during IPL 2020 and this time around, when he met him, the first thing that the youngster told him is that he has worked on those things and it’s helping him in his bowling now.
“We met this year at the IPL as well and he (Bishnoi) told me straight away ‘I have worked on those things you told me and it is helping a lot,” Rashid said in an exclusive interview to ESPNcricinfo.
Yuzvendra Chahal, on the other hand, is someone who is very different to Rashid in terms of his bowling style. Chahal relies mostly on his flight and variation and he bowls at a fuller length more often, as compared to Rashid.
But, Rashid is really impressed with the consistency that Chahal has shown over the years, not just for the Indian cricket team, but for RCB as well, playing most of the IPL games on a small ground like Chinnaswamy.
Apart from Bishnoi and Chahal, the other leg spinners that Rashid picked as his favorite leg spinners are Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Ish Sodhi (New Zealand), Adam Zampa (Australia) and Imran Tahir (South Africa).