IPL 2021 witnessed two uncapped Indian seamers leading the purple cap race, unlike any other season. In a tournament where established T20 wicket-takers like Yuzvendra Chahal, Rashid Khan, Chris Morris, and Trent Boult are featuring, none of the critics predicted such a surprise. One of them is Avesh Khan, the tall, muscular pacer from Madhya Pradesh who has claimed 14 wickets from 8 games so far in the season. When we say an uncapped ruling the wicket-takers list, people think of extraordinary born talent but Avesh is such a lad. In fact, days, when he was hailed as the teenage sensation, was four to five years back. This is the story of the startling return of the Indore fast-bowler, Avesh Khan.
About Avesh Khan Cricketer
Date of Birth
13 December, 1993
Indore, Mafhya Pradesh
2nd leading wicket-taker in IPL 2021 (so far)
1.5 crores (approx)
Father: Ashique Khan
Teams Played for
India A, India C, India Red, County select XI, Madhya Pradesh, India U19, Board Presidents XI, Indian Board Presidents XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals
RCB vs DC on May 14, 2017
Advanced Academy, Indore
Avesh Khan Family
Hailing from a middle-class family in Indore, Avesh Khan’s whole family were cricket enthusiasts. His father, Ashique Khan was very much into the game but rarely got chances to watch matches completely between his struggles to meet ends. He used to run a paan shop by the roadside and earn around 500 rupees per day. Avesh Khan started playing tennis ball cricket at the age of 10. With an exceptional physique, Avesh could generate a good pace on the ball at a very young age. His supportive uncle suggested trying leather ball cricket which became his first step towards becoming a professional cricketer. He trained hard on his bowling skills and pace.
The Start of Avesh Khan Bowling
His journey to the top started at the Colts Cricket Club in Indore where he excelled under the coaching of Amardeep Pathania. His father could never see his talent and performances. So he urged him to concentrate more on his studies. Despite good performances in age-level cricket, he couldn’t make his way into the state team. That’s when he got to know about the trials conducted by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association. Avesh knew it was his opportunity to seize. He appeared along with 500 other young aspirants, all set to impress the selector, Amay Khurasia who was a former Madhya Pradesh and national cricket player. Quite astonishingly, Avesh Khan was the only one to get selected in that trials. Under Amay, Avesh Khan widened his benchmarks as a pace bowler, playing for the U16 Madhya Pradesh team.
In the U16 Vijay Merchant trophy, his phenomenal performance proved that he is well clear of every other player of his age. Unfortunately, at such a crucial point in his career, his father lost his job as the local authorities were forced to clear the paan shop from the roadside as a part of the road-widening project. Avesh started feeling the burden of the financial crisis of his family on his shoulders but he faced the situation bravely. He never spent any of match earnings but was given for family expenses. He made his U19 debut in 2014 but didn’t get many opportunities to shine. The youngster had a huge setback when he faced an injury and couldn’t get enough chances to prove himself in the U19 World cup he featured in.
The gradual rise of Avesh Khan Cricketer
The warrior spirit in Avesh Khan became truly alive after such a tragic turn of events. He gave his all in training and made his comeback, straight into the Madhya Pradesh Ranji Trophy side at the tender age of 17. He took 15 wickets from just five matches. Avesh was named in the very next U19 World Cup squad as well led by Ishan Kishan and paired up with Khaleel Ahmed to be a serious pace duo. Though India lost in the final match of the tournament against West Indies, Avesh had finished as India’s leading wicket taker with 12 wickets from 6 matches.
In the domestic circuit, Avesh Khan is still a solid performer. In the 2018-2019 Ranji season, he clinched a total of 37 wickets including a ten-wicket haul. But no Indian bowler gets the limelight until he proves it at the grand stage. Avesh Khan, in 2017, was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Avesh Khan IPL
In his debut season, he got to play his debut match only. 2017 was a horrible season for the Royal Challengers finishing at the bottom of the table. He was bought by Delhi Capitals the very next season in the mega auction but couldn’t make a real impact until last season. IPL 2021 is only halfway through but the muscular boy from Indore has made his name popular. His franchise Delhi Capitals is currently at the head of the table and Avesh Khan is second in the purple cap race with 14 wickets from 8 matches. His 3 for 32 against RR turned out to be the match-winning performance for DC. Avesh has transformed himself into a bowler who could ace both the new and old balls.
For any captain, he would be a utility bowler who can be tried at any moment of the game. The flexibility, patience and motive to constantly improve his skills took him to where he is and hopefully to where we all want him to be, the Indian national team.
Avesh Khan stats
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Avesh khan bowling speed
He bowls with an average pace of 140 km/he to 146 km/hr. Avesh Khan is one of the fastest bowlers in India.
Avesh khan ipl price
In January 2018 Avesh Khan was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for ₹75 lakh (US$110,000) in the 2018 IPL auction.
Avesh khan fastest ball
The Avesh Khan fastest ball in IPL has been clocked at 149.12 kmph.