Rashid Khan, Afghanistan‘s newly appointed T20I captain, expressed his desire to become a proper versatile player, and to also bat in the middle order above his current position as a lower-order knocker.
Rashid Khan, arguably the best T20 spinner in the world, likes to swing his bat around while delivering some important runs for his team at the end of the match, whether a national or a franchise. He has a pass rate of 144.13 in T20s and 103.93 in List-A.
But he wants to become more than just a short batsman and see the “number four or number five position” in the future.
“From the past two and a half years I have been working hard on my batting so that I can contribute 20-25 fast runs in the lower order. Hopefully in the next few years I can take the position number four or number five in the batting list, “said Rashid Khan on The Curtly and Karishma Show.
I love Test cricket, it gives me a lot of opportunities to improve my skills: Rashid Khan
The 22-year-old has so far also achieved success in Test cricket – 34 wickets, including 4 five-wickets, in 5 matches on 22.35 runs each. Afghanistan has played 6 Tests so far, won 3 and lost 3. They will take on the fight for the first time Australia in the longest format later in the year in Hobart.
Rashid Khan says he enjoys playing the 5-day format as it gives him more opportunities to experiment on his bowling, of which he does not get much in the short 4-over in T20 cricket.
‘Yes, I think I like Test cricket and I have enjoyed the last five Test matches against different teams, and I think it gives me a lot of opportunities to improve my skills in it, and that’s the form that improves your cricket.
‘You know, in T20 you can not experiment, because you can not do different things, because you do not have enough time, but Test cricket tests your skills. “You know how to bowl a game of 20 overs, how to bowl a spell of 30,” the bow spinner added.