Rashid Khan is one of the top bowling all-rounders in the world. But the T20I captain aims to be a proper all-rounder in the next phase of his cricketing career.
In a recent interview, Rashid Khan discussed his batting skills. He revealed that he started his career as a batsman who could sometimes bowl for his team. However, when he realized that Afghanistan needed a leg-spinner, he shifted his focus to bowling. During the initial days of his career, he featured as a specialist bowler for the Afghanistan national team. However, he is now recognized as a bowling all-rounder with six international half-centuries under his belt. He is eager to improve his batting technique further and feature in the middle-order of his national team.
Rashid Khan stated that he has been working on his batting skill for the last two and a half years. He aims to contribute quick 20-25 runs in the lower order to increase the team total. He believes that in the next few years, he will play at number 3 or number 4 position for Afghanistan.
Rashid Khan discussed his Test career as an Afghanistani player
When Rashid Khan made his international debut, Afghanistan was not a Test-playing nation. However, after their excellent performance in other formats, the ICC gave them Test-playing status.
Rashid is mainly famous for his excellence in the T20 format of cricket. But he is also a good Test player with an impressive record. He has so far played five Test matches for his team and scored 106 runs with 34 wickets under his belt.
Rashid Khan discussed the difference between Test and T20 matches and the format that he favours. He stated that he loves playing Test matches and enjoyed the five games that he has played. He got the opportunity to play against different teams which helped him improve his skills and technique. Test format helps a player gain a lot of experience that makes them improve their skills.
In T20 cricket the players do not have enough time to play using different techniques. But in Test cricket, there is time for the players to find their rhythm and to test their skills. In Tests cricket, the fitness level of the players gets challenged along with their ability to play for long periods.
Ahead of the T20 World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has appointed Rashid Khan as the T20 captain. It would be exciting to see how the team performs in the tournament under his leadership.