Rashid keen on sharpening his batting skills
Wed, Jan 21, 2009 12:00 AM
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Adil Rashid, the youngest member of England’s touring party to the Caribbean, insists that he has the potential to develop into a genuine all-rounder.
Only 21, Rashid was fast-tracked into the national team with barely two years of first-class cricket under his belt. A product of Terry Jenner’ spin programme in association with the ECB, Rashid made his Yorkshire debut two seasons ago, aged 18.
He has already played 43 first-class matches and excelled last season in the County Championship when he grabbed 62 wickets to be Yorkshire’s leading wicket-taker.
When Rashid stroked his maiden century in the 2007 season, it hinted at his all-round promise - an aspect of his game he hopes he can go on to develop.
The youngster’s form with the bat also helped Yorkshire avoid relegation from the County Championship First Division.
"I definitely see myself as a genuine all-rounder," Rashid told the Yorkshire Post.
"I feel that even when I bat lower down for Yorkshire I take plenty of responsibility on my shoulders. In the last couple of seasons I've scored quite a few fifties, I've scored a couple of hundreds, and it always helps to do well with the bat.”
"It's important to get your first first-class hundred, or even Test hundred, because once you've got that in the bank, you feel more relaxed and you know you can do it."