India has developed a plethora of young gifted fast bowlers capable of delivering at high speeds in recent years, and Avesh Khan of Madhya Pradesh is one among them. With his pace and changes, the 21-year-old pacer has astonished everyone in his brief career. Avesh was purchased by Delhi Daredevils in the 2018 IPL auctions for a base price of 20 lakh INR, defeating Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in a bidding battle for 70 lakh INR.
Below are some lesser-known facts about Avesh Khan
1) Professional Career & Style of Playing:
Avesh Khan is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who also bats right-handed and is noted for his off-cutter. His bowling was initially noticed when he was 13 years old at the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association Trails.
2) Early start:
From the age of 16, he began playing for Madhya Pradesh’s Under-19 team. In the 2012/13 Vinoo Mankad Trophy, he took 15 wickets, second only to Kuldeep Yadav’s 20. His efforts earned him a spot on India’s Under-19 squad.
3) Debut for Under 19 India:
At the age of 17, Avesh Khan earned his India U19 debut at the 2013/14 Youth Asia Cup. He was a member of the U19 World Cup squad in the 2014 edition, which was held in the United Arab Emirates, however he did not play.
4) Youth One-Day International cricket’s record bowling stats:
Avesh Khan had a 6-3-4-4 performance against Bangladesh in the 2015/16 Tri-series. Only one bowler in Youth ODI history has allowed four or less runs while taking four wickets.
5) U19 Cricket World Cup’s leading wicket smasher:
Avesh earned his chance at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup, which was held in Bangladesh, where he grabbed 12 wickets in six games, finishing as India’s best wicket-taker.
6) Senior Debut:
He made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy a few days before his 19th birthday in the 2014/15 season. He has appeared in eight FC games and six T20s thus far.
7) First time playing in the IPL:
During the 2017 IPL season, Avesh Khan was signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He made his debut in his team’s final game of the season, with figures of 4-0-23-1 and dismissing Sanju Samson on the very first ball he bowled.
8) Taking part in the Indian Test team’s tour:
The 21-year-old was given the opportunity to tour with the Indian squad for the Test series in South Africa, where he bowled to Indian players in the nets.