You are bound to attract attention when you get Kumar Sangakkara out with your first ever delivery in the CPL. That's how Ali Khan, the electric pacer from USA, first made the headlines.
Khan switched from GAW to TKR in 2018, and under Bravo's leadership, bagged 16 wickets in 12 games to finish in the top-five wicket takers of the tournament last year.
Ali Khan is a Pakistan-born American national, who has represented the United States of America in a number of matches, including those at the K.A. Auty Cup - the first and longest running international cricketing fixture in North America.
Ali made his name with his pace-bowling prowess, and was among the earliest players from the USA to be picked in the Caribbean Premier League.
A number of injuries have come in the way of Ali’s progress as a full-time cricketer, but he has fought through them to be picked by Trinbago Knight Riders, as a replacement for Ronsford Beaton, in 2018.
Ali was a part of the Canada Global Twenty20 tournament, playing for Winnipeg Hawks, where he spent a lot of time working on his skills alongside Pakistan legend Waqar Younis. Dwayne Bravo, the TKR captain, also helped Ali polish his skills, according to the Ohio-based cricketer.
"(Dwayne) Bravo and Waqar Younis, working with them, that has helped me a lot," Khan told ESPNcricinfo in an interview. "They gave me a lot of confidence from day one, saying, 'You are the leader of the attack.'; I was very confident when I was on the field and they were always supporting me, no matter if I go for runs or don't get wickets or anything. They were always supporting me so I think that helped me a lot to get through all the games"
Ali would be rearing to make the most out of the platform he created for himself last season, and spearhead the Knight Riders in their journey to defend the title.