It wasn’t long after he burst into the limelight at the 2016 U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh that many felt Avesh Khan can be one of the back-up fast-bowlers in India’s limited-overs international squad.
Avesh Khan has the height to go with his alarming pace and can bang the ball at hard lengths, all the raw materials that make you sit up and take notice.
The Madhya Pradesh quick has had a smooth transition from the domestic game to the India A set-up, where he has been part of multiple assignments at home and abroad.
Despite the promise, however, the national selectors and the team management haven’t yet deemed fit Avesh Khan for higher honours and that could be down to lack of enough control and consistency over what he delivers.
But that’s an area of his game where Avesh has shown genuine improvement through the early stages of the ongoing IPL for Delhi Capitals (DC).
WATCH – DC’s promising quick Avesh Khan dismisses RCB captain Virat Kohli
Avesh Khan, whom DC bought back in 2018 and have kept with them since, got into the playing XI because of an opening provided by the injury to Ishant Sharma. The pacer has made his opportunity count perfectly, taking 12 wickets from just 6 outings while carrying a respectable economy rate of 7.40.
A fine example of Avesh Khan’s brilliant form came on Tuesday (April 27) as he got the prized scalp of Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and modern-day batting legend, Virat Kohli.
As Kohli went for a cut short, he realised the precision of Avesh’s line and length was too good for him to able to execute it and ended up inside edging a ball close to him on to the off-stump.
At Avesh Khan’s hustling pace and spongy bounce which he naturally generates, Kohli had no chance to avoid the stroke once he was drawn into it.
It was a big moment for the talented paceman, who showed a fist-pump to express his emotions and went up to his teammates to celebrate Kohli’s invaluable breakthrough with them.
If Avesh Khan continues his rich vein of form through the course of the entire season, not long from now he will have ticked off those final few boxes in the minds of the senior selection panel and be representing India.