Can be a much better batsman than what I'm now, should be taking more responsibility: Rashid Khan

Can be a much better batsman than what I’m now, should be taking more responsibility: Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan was named the Gujarat Titans' Vice Captain for IPL 2022

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan of Adelaide Strikers. (Photo by Peter Mundy/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan has performed well with the bat as well as the ball, but the 24-year-old feels that he needs to work on his batting and improve as a batter. He feels that he must contribute to his team in multiple departments.

Rashid has gained immense popularity after his performance in the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League. He made his IPL debut in the year 2017 and has 95 wickets to his name already in 78 matches. But with the bat, he has gained only 222 runs so far.

Ahead of the IPL 2022, he was signed by the Gujarat Titans for a whopping price of INR 15 crore and was also named skipper Hardik Pandya’s deputy. Going ahead, Rashid strongly wants to display his game on both fronts.

I know I have the skill and talent to deliver with the bat: Rashid Khan

“I think I can be a much better batsman than what I am now. I should be someone taking more responsibility in that department as well. I keep working on my batting. In the last couple of years, there’s more expectation from me in that department that I can deliver crucial 20-25 runs with the bat. I know I have the skill and talent to deliver that, it’s just about bringing that confidence in you that you can deliver,” Rashid was quoted by Sportstar.

He also expressed his desire to play more Test matches for his country. Afghanistan has played only five Test matches so far since they were granted full membership by the ICC. Their game against Australia was postponed last year due to issues after the Taliban takeover.

“As a player, it disappoints you because you always wait for opportunities to play big teams. It’s about improving your cricket and learning new things. We all were looking forward to it but sometimes things do not go your way. I hope we get the opportunity to play them soon. You want to bowl long spells to learn more about your bowling. I do hope we get the opportunity in the next few years to play more test matches,” Rashid concluded.