Rashid sees himself as an all-rounder
Afghanistan leg-spinning all-rounder Rashid Khan believes he has got all-round skills.
Rashid displayed an all-round show of quickfire 48 and four-for with the ball in Tuesday’s third ODI against Ireland in Abu Dhabi that won him the player of the match award.
Not only for his nation, he has put up great performances in franchise leagues around the world.
“Exactly [I see myself as an all-rounder]. I said earlier that I started my career as a batsman. But later I worked more on my bowling. I am working on my batting now and I have got areas to improve on and I want to be a proper all-rounder in future,” said Rashid.
”When the team needs me I have to deliver. At the end when we need 40 or 50 runs then you have to stand up and deliver for the team. Yes I am considering myself as a proper all-rounder and whenever I get an opportunity, doesn’t matter if I come at number eight or number nine, I just need to have that mentality that I have got skills and talents and I have to just go and express that.”
Aside 252 international wickets, Rashid also has one Test fifty and five ODI fifties. In T20 cricket, he bats at a strike rate of 144.55.
Rashid’s most famous all-round show came in 2019 when Afghanistan played Bangladesh in the only Test in Chattogram. He struck 61-ball 51 in the first innings before taking match figures of 11 for 104 to script his team’s 224-run win in a match in which he captained. He also hit 22-ball 24 in the second innings.