Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan‘s newly-appointed T20I captain, has expressed his desire to become a proper all-rounder, and also to bat in the middle-order above his current position as a lower-order pinch hitter.

Rashid Khan, arguably the best T20 spinner in the world, likes to swing his bat around while delivering some crucial runs at the end of the game for his side, whether national or franchise. He has a strike rate of 144.13 in T20s and 103.93 in List-A.

But he wants to become more than just a short-stint batsman, and eyes the “number four or number five position” in the future.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Getty)

“From the last two and a half years, I have been working a lot on my batting so that I can contribute 20-25 quick runs in the lower order. Hopefully, in the next few years, I can take the number four or number five position in the batting lineup,” Rashid Khan said on The Curtly and Karishma Show.

I love Test cricket, it gives me lots of opportunity to improve my skills: Rashid Khan

The 22-year-old also has had success in Test cricket so far – 34 wickets, including 4 five-wicket hauls, in 5 matches at 22.35 runs each. Afghanistan has so far played 6 Tests, winning 3 and losing 3. They will, for the first time, take on Australia in the longest format later in the year in Hobart.

Rashid Khan says that he enjoys playing the 5-day format as it gives him more opportunities to experiment on his bowling, one which he doesn’t get much of in the short 4-over spells in T20 cricket.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image-Twitter

“Yes, I think I love Test cricket and I enjoyed the last five Test games I played against different teams and I think it gives me lots of opportunity to improve my skills in that and that is the kind of format which improves your cricket.

“You know, in T20 you cannot experiment like you cannot do different things because you don’t have enough time, but Test cricket tests your skills. You know like how can you bowl a spell of 20 overs, how can you bowl a spell of 30,” the leg-spinner added.

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