Rashid Khan is fast making a name for himself as a genuine ‘all-rounder’. Rashid gave a glimpse of batting skills during the IPL 2018 Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders, hitting 34 off just 10 balls as Sunrisers Hyderabad progressed to the final before losing to eventual champions Chennai Super Kings.
Last week, he remained unbeaten on 15 off just eight balls in his 34-run stand with Yusuf Pathan to help SRH chase down 199 against Rajasthan Royals and register their highest-ever successful chase in the IPL. That he finished the match by hitting Jofra Archer for a four and a six shows the batting talent he possesses.
"It feels good to be called an all-rounder. I have been always working hard on my batting,” Rashid told Cricbuzz.
“When I came to the national side in 2016, I was telling Inzamam bhai (the then Afghanistan coach) that I was a proper batsman, but he was not believing that. I had that thing in my mind that I will work hard and I have the skill. I just need to be working hard on my batting. One day will come and I can be very handy for the team.”
Rashid also expressed that he’s happy to bat at any position in whatever chances he gets.
"I'm happy with any number. Wherever they send me, I just need to play my natural game and just express my skills and not think about the position a lot.”
The 20-year-old also said the ‘IPL is on top of all the leagues’ across the globe.
"There is a big difference between IPL and other leagues. IPL is on top of all the leagues and you will find all eleven best players in the team and you won't be relaxed when you get 5-6 wickets and you will be like still 4-5 to go and these are the kind of batsmen who can smash any bowler, any time and I thank the coaching staff and the management all over. It has been the best so far, I have ever played. It's the most enjoyable cricket I play here, especially the fans here the way they love their cricketers and the way they support the teams, it's superb and performing in front of them gives you a lot of energy and a lot of motivation and confidence as well."
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