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    Talent Spotter : Rizwan Hussain

    A detailed profile of a promising young batsman who was selected by Islamabad United for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League and has impressed onlookers with his wide range of stroke-play in the 2018/19 edition of the National T20 Cup.




    Full name: Rizwan Hussain

    Born: April 28, 1996, Pir Mahal in Toba Tek Singh

    Major teams: Lahore Whites, Lahore Blues, State Bank of Pakistan, Islamabad United

    Batting style: Left-hand bat

    Height : 6ft 1in


    Interest in Cricket

    Like many other youngsters, I started playing tape-ball cricket around my home in Pir Mahal and then progressed to hard-ball cricket when I began playing for my school. My teachers in the school saw my talent and recommended to my family that I be sent to a bigger city like Lahore to play club cricket there and pursue the game at a higher level. My family agreed to this move and for that, I am forever indebted to my parents and my siblings for their constant encouragement and support. I would like to mention my elder brother Kamran Sabir for his guidance throughout my career and his invaluable help. With all this support, I was able to start playing club cricket in Lahore in 2012 for the P&T Gymkhana Cricket Club.


    Playing district and regional level Under-19 cricket in 2014/15

    I did not have the luxury of participating in Under-16 level cricket and so based on my club performances I moved straight to the Under-19 level where in the two-day Inter-District Under-19 Tournament in 2014, I played 5 matches and scored 305 runs which included a hundred and two fifties for my team, Lahore West Zone Whites Under-19s. I did not have satisfactory performances in the following Inter-Regions Under-19s One-Day Tournament 2014/15 and the three-day Inter-Regions Under-19s Tournament 2014/15. So, 2014/15 were my first years of playing real competitive cricket but I could not perform as well as I wanted to. In the years that I was eligible to play for Pakistan Under-19s, I could not perform that well so that is one aspect of my career which is a little disappointing.


    Success at the Inter-District senior level and in Grade II tournaments

    I was not offered a chance to play first-class cricket by Lahore in 2015/16 so I busied myself with trying to improve my game and putting all disappointments behind me and my hard-work paid off. In my debut game in the three-day Inter-District Senior Tournament 2015, I scored a hundred, and in the four matches I played in this competition, I scored 291 runs for Lahore West Zone Whites. In the following year, I again performed well in this tournament, making 269 runs in just two matches. Shortly after that, I also played in the three-day Patron's Trophy (Grade II) 2016/17 tournament where in 6 matches, I amassed 632 runs with 1 hundred and 5 fifties and was top-scorer in the tournament.


    Hundred on first-class debut for Lahore Whites in 2016/17

    This was a like a dream come true for me and it seems that the Almighty rewarded me for my hard-work when I finally got to debut in first-class cricket. Not only did I finally play at the highest-level domestic competition in Pakistan, I also scored a hundred on my debut. This innings was greatly appreciated by all my seniors and what really pleased me was that this innings was played against a team which boasted some of Pakistan’s top bowlers such as Mohammad Abbas and Sadaf Hussain. I got to play 3 matches in total in that season and scored 212 runs which for a first season was a satisfactory result.


    Further success in first-class and Grade II level cricket

    It’s been a great few years for me in both first-class and Grade II level cricket in 2017/18 where in the three-day Patron's Trophy (Grade II) 2017/18 tournament, I played 6 matches in which I scored 416 runs with 1 hundred and 2 fifties for State Bank of Pakistan. During this time, I also took part in the Pakistan Cup One-Day tournament where in 2 matches I had 75 runs which included one fifty, for my side Balochistan. In the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2017/18, I continued to show my skills with 497 runs in 8 matches to become the top scorer for my side, Lahore Whites. Here, I hit one hundred and 4 fifties and really demonstrated my suitability for the longer format of the game, which is something I would like to play for Pakistan as well in the future. The recently concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2018/19 saw me play another 8 matches, scoring 421 runs with 3 fifties for Lahore Blues.


    Role model and batting style

    The only player I admire and want to emulate is the former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara. I have watched his videos and noted how he practices and have studied his batting style in great detail. However, I have also been told that my batting style is very similar to Sharjeel Khan as well which is a great compliment for me and especially now that I have been picked for Islamabad United, I hope I will get a chance to play and perform like Sharjeel. In terms of shots that I prefer to play, I love to drive the fast-bowlers and to take on spinners and hit them straight. Whenever I bat, I always plan to allow myself time to settle in and then go for my shots as needed by the team which is what I did recently during the National T20 Cup when I hit 72 against Islamabad for my team Lahore Blues.


    Selection for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL)

    My selection for the PSL came out of the blue and frankly I wasn’t expecting it all, but I am indebted to the Islamabad United management for giving me an opportunity to be part of their PSL squad for the 2019 season. Playing in this tournament is every young cricketer’s dream as it gives so much exposure and can open many doors for you in terms of your career development. I am also really looking forward to working with some of the top Twenty20 players such as Luke Ronchi so that I can learn and improve my game at the PSL.


    Future aspirations

    A chance to play for Pakistan is what any young cricketer wants, and I am no different. I feel that I have the skills to play in all formats of the game but I would specially love to play Test cricket for my country.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 20th December 2018 at 12:29.


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    Strong boy. Can't wait to see his development.


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    looks good. I hope he'll work hard for his selection at international level.

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    If he has a strong PSL, assuming he gets games, then I wouldn't be surprised if he gets selected for the WC. He could possibly bring that mystery factor similar to Fakhar in CT17.

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    Mixture of sharjeel, Fakhar & Sangakara.

    So far he is very impressive, pcb should take good care of him as he has the potential to succeed at higher level.

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    Forget about Sahibzada, try this guy.

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    Looking forward to see him develop a cover drive against Fast bowlers since his role model is Sangakara and he watches alot of his videos to learn batting.

    Next step is developing his game against quick short pitch bowling and increasing his shot range between point and mid off especially of the front foot by getting in line of the ball.


    He is a good find. Now he has got much needed exposure and it's all about developing your game for the next level.



    Well done @Abdullah719

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    In Pakistan there is nothing such as development as the cricketers do not aspire to improve themselves as over the years we have seen the so called "seniors" make the same mistakes despite playing for 15-20 years.

    The youngsters do not aspire to play proper cricket as it is all about T20 cricket and playing across the line shots mostly, their appetite for runs is not there at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana Mastana View Post
    In Pakistan there is nothing such as development as the cricketers do not aspire to improve themselves as over the years we have seen the so called "seniors" make the same mistakes despite playing for 15-20 years.

    The youngsters do not aspire to play proper cricket as it is all about T20 cricket and playing across the line shots mostly, their appetite for runs is not there at all.
    Meanwhile, Rizwan aspires to bat like Sangakkara, wants to play Test cricket in particular and plays a lot of aesthetically pleasing strokes through the line.

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    He's shown serious consistency for an aggressive young Pakistani batsman in this tournament. Yet again, he's batting on 40+ against FATA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad10 View Post
    Meanwhile, Rizwan aspires to bat like Sangakkara, wants to play Test cricket in particular and plays a lot of aesthetically pleasing strokes through the line.
    You can't deny the fact that what I said does happen quite frequently where these guys initially start well but then it is business as usual.

    Aspiring to bat like Sanga and yet not able to develop a cover drive against fast bowling at the age of 22, it does point out that something somewhere is not right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana Mastana View Post
    You can't deny the fact that what I said does happen quite frequently where these guys initially start well but then it is business as usual.

    Aspiring to bat like Sanga and yet not able to develop a cover drive against fast bowling at the age of 22, it does point out that something somewhere is not right.
    You are being harsh. He possesses a lot of quality strokes and it's unfair and premature to say he's a hack or limited against pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana Mastana View Post
    You can't deny the fact that what I said does happen quite frequently where these guys initially start well but then it is business as usual.

    Aspiring to bat like Sanga and yet not able to develop a cover drive against fast bowling at the age of 22, it does point out that something somewhere is not right.
    He deserves credit as he is currently the leading run scorer in the tournament right now. If this cup holds any value then he should be in pakistan's t20i squad for the sa tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_tahir View Post
    He deserves credit as he is currently the leading run scorer in the tournament right now. If this cup holds any value then he should be in pakistan's t20i squad for the sa tour.
    He'll have to do well in the PSL first. That's how it works these days.


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    The only bright spot in the worst T20 tournament in history of T20s in Pakistan.

    Hope Islamabad United gives him consistent opportunities in PSL. He is competing with nepotism stalwarts like Imam and Shan Masood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post

    @Deewana Mastana, nice cover drive against a pacer at 1:26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post

    Wow. Classy player!


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Consistently good in the National T20.

    Looks like a batsman with a wide range of shots and a batsman who has power and also skill.



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    Sweet, sweet timer of the ball and in that little clip I can see his placings are better than some of PAK's regular, can hit off the back foot as well. Obviously different level, but I have seen Azhar scoring lots of runs in PAK Cup - hardly any timing or placement. Need to be fast tracked into PAK set-up like Babar, otherwise in couple of years time he might be lost!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post

    Looks impressive.

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    If he gets 2,3 games here and there, i m sure he vl make his mark to the international level, he is good at driving the ball and play straight to the spinners which is a good thing to do,he is not an onside hack like sharjeel in his early days and awais zia, bright prospect for the future.

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    He is really talented. Looks to play ball on merit and with timing all around the ground.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad10 View Post
    @Deewana Mastana, nice cover drive against a pacer at 1:26.
    His iinner there

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    Been superb and consistent this tournament. If he carries on doing good in the torurnament then he should be in the squad for the South Africa series! If that's too soon, then let him play PSL before getting an international call up but this guy looks very good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Been superb and consistent this tournament. If he carries on doing good in the torurnament then he should be in the squad for the South Africa series! If that's too soon
    Yes it's too soon. It's his first consistent performance at domestic level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARK Rafay View Post
    Yes it's too soon. It's his first consistent performance at domestic level.
    Hmm maybe, but if he has a good PSL then definitely should be considered for T20's. Probably too soon for ODI's though, would be unfair to give a young guy an opportunity just before the WC. I still think he could be considered for the SA T20I series, even if he's just on the bench it will be a great experience for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Hmm maybe, but if he has a good PSL then definitely should be considered for T20's. Probably too soon for ODI's though, would be unfair to give a young guy an opportunity just before the WC. I still think he could be considered for the SA T20I series, even if he's just on the bench it will be a great experience for him.
    He has to be given chance in PSL. If he performs then he should be brought in the T20I side just like everyone else.


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    The more I see him, the more i like him. Get him in asap.

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    I mean he has all the right ingredients but I'd like to see him perform over a longer period before he is inducted. We shouldn't forget that folks like Nauman Anwar and Shahibzada Farhan have had even more spectacular one-off tournaments in the past and have struggled to even hold a bat since then.

    It is a dangerous proposition to start inducting people in the national side on the back of performances in one low grade tournament.

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    Much better than tullars and ordinary players like Awais Zia, Sahibzada Farhan, Mukhtar Ahmed etc.

    Kids looks like a proper player.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Has the build of a fast bowler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Has the build of a fast bowler.
    Yup. He's tall for a batsman

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARK Rafay View Post
    Yup. He's tall for a batsman
    Yes 6 foot 1" and uses his height well in his strokeplay.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Yes 6 foot 1" and uses his height well in his strokeplay.
    Razzaq wasn't entirely wrong in saying he reminded him of Chris Gayle. Gayle is also tall and hits sixes standing and delivering


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    Really would like a good batsman to emerge - we have so many bowlers but hardly here of young batting talent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Really would like a good batsman to emerge - we have so many bowlers but hardly here of young batting talent.
    Would be nice to see him open with Fakhar that would be attack on both sides


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