Avesh Khan: Has he shown enough promise to be regarded as a potential match-winner for India?

In this year’s Indian Premier League, Avesh Khan of Delhi Capitals was quite the head-turner. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in this season of IPL.  He only appeared in one game in IPL 2020, and few expected him to have the kind of impact he did in this year’s T20 tournament. So, let’s take a close look at this cricketer’s life.

Early Life

Avesh was born on 13 December 1996 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He began playing cricket at a young age. He dealt with great hardships in life as his father used to run a small pan shop which was later demolished by local authorities.

On December 2014, Avesh Khan made his first-class debut against Railways in Delhi, where he took two wickets in the first innings. In 2014, he was a member of the UAE’s under-19 World Cup squad.

There, he only appeared in a couple of games and took only one wicket. Avesh bounced back in the next Under-19 World Cup, becoming the Indian pace attack’s spearhead.

With 12 wickets at an average of 15.08, he finished as the team’s leading wicket-taker. On February 5, 2018, Khan made his List A debut against Mumbai in Chennai.

Avesh Khan during his U-19 World Cup days. Source: hindustantimes.com

Rise to the IPL

In 2017, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought him for Rs. 10 lakhs for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. After making his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017, Avesh moved to Delhi Capitals for INR 75 lakhs and was retained by the IPL 2020.

In the 2021 season of IPL, Avesh Khan took 14 wickets in eight games, the second-highest total. His economy rate of 7.70 was the lowest among the leading wicket-takers.

Avesh Khan. Source: sportskeeda.com

Avesh Khan has been named as one of the standby players for the upcoming England tour as a result of his success in the IPL.

The right-arm quick bowler feels there is still room for growth, and that is precisely what he is concentrating on.

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