Adil Rashid will get a chance in series finale against Sri Lanka to show he can become the most prolific one-day bowler since the 2015 World Cup
- Adil Rashid can show his worth to England at the series finale against Sri Lanka
- Four wickets at the Premadasa Stadium would see him surpass Rashid Khan
- That would also provide credence to the claim that he is the best 50-over bowler
Adil Rashid will get the opportunity in Tuesday’s series finale versus Sri Lanka to officially become the most prolific one-day bowler since the 2015 World Cup.
Statistically speaking, four wickets in the floodlit affair at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium would see the Yorkshire leg-spinner take up the mantle of number one, surpassing Rashid Khan’s haul of 118 in that period.
It would also provide credence to team-mate and close friend Moeen Ali’s claim that England are currently blessed with the best 50-over bowler on the planet.
England’s Adil Rashid has been in sensational form and he can show off his ability once again
‘He’s always had skill and ability and potential but I think now he’s at his peak as a spinner,’ said Moeen.
‘He’s got all the skills, he can actually bowl like Rashid Khan, he can bowl like any spinner. He’s got all the balls and I think – now he’s really found his pace and his trajectory – he’s right up there.
‘I know Rashid Khan is probably (considered) the best but I think Rash, in my opinion, is even better.’
Moeen Ali believes England are blessed with having the best 50-over bowler on the planet
Relentless rain in Sri Lanka this past fortnight has restricted the 30-year-old to just 17 overs from a possible 40 but he has again proven his value to Eoin Morgan’s number one-ranked team with five wickets at 17.40 runs apiece.
Following his Ed Smith-instigated recall this past summer, he is also likely to be integral to English plans in the three-match Test series and captain Joe Root recently primed Rashid to be prepared to open the bowling if the pitches replicate the dry dust bowls thrown up to South Africa earlier this year.
That will be a challenge for someone like Rashid who does not naturally possess the chutzpah of a Shane Warne.
‘Rash could be a bit more confident, that’s the only thing I would say,’ Moeen added. ‘Sometimes that’s not in his nature, whereas most leg-spinners are normally confident even when they’re bowling pies. He’s always level headed and he doesn’t take things for granted.’
Rain in Sri Lanka this past fortnight has restricted the 30-year-old to just 17 overs from 40
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