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    [VIDEOS] Mohammad Rizwan - The T20 Player

    With the team to be announced this Sunday, would we see M.Wasim picking Rizwan in the T20 team?

    With Babar in the team, can we afford Rizwan

    If Babar has to open, which he should, would Rizwan open with him or drop down

    If Rizwan has to drop down, where will he fit?

    If not Rizwan, then who?

    Maybe Azam Khan? Or Rohail Nazir? I seriously hope we don't have Sarfraz or Kamran

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    I know Rizwan played out of his skin in NZ but he aint a T20 opener.

    To be honest I think we should rest Rizwan in T20s and give someone else a chance.

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    Rizwan is not a T20 player. There is a reason why he averages 22 and a strike rate of 108 in T20Is. He is just not good enough, he needs to stick to test cricket. He throws the balance off of the team especially with Babar back. Need Azam Khan to keep in T20s. Need a big hitter who can come in at no.5 or no.6.

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    Pakistan can't drop a player who single-handedly won us a t20 match against Boult, Southee and Kyle and that too by opening the innings.

    Rizwan should always open in T20 matches.

    Rizwan is not a lower order batsman as he should always open or should come at one or two down in shorter formats.

    Btw he also happens to be the best wicket keeper in the world and can captain the team in any format without taking much help from seniors. Babar is very lucky to have him around. This talk of dropping him from T20I is nothing, but nonsense.

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    You need someone like Rizwan in the later stages of any icc tournament because I know for sure that Rohail and all other keepers will be nervous and will have sweaty palms and will lose the game with their keeping alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imranrizvi85 View Post
    Rizwan is not a T20 player. There is a reason why he averages 22 and a strike rate of 108 in T20Is. He is just not good enough, he needs to stick to test cricket. He throws the balance off of the team especially with Babar back. Need Azam Khan to keep in T20s. Need a big hitter who can come in at no.5 or no.6.
    Being batted all his international career so far at 6 or 7 when he isn't a Slogger might have something to do with that. He's a top order batsman

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    He is no Buttler or Pant but he is the best WK batsman in Pakistan across formats by a country mile.

    Make peace with it and move on.

    And no, Azam Khan is a not a WK and every other WK is a rubbish batsman and not half the WK Rizwan is.
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    He played that one match winning innings in NZ, but itís painfully obvious that heís not the long term solution for our white ball WK slot. Certainly not for T20s. On top of that, if theyíre legitimately planning to have him open alongside Babar, that is just ridiculous. Every country is going with their two most explosive players up top, and we will have two accumulators.
    Rizwan is not a T20 player, and we actually have some decent options for the WK position in the format, so to see him play, and in fact open the innings, is just underwhelming.

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    He will not be hitting sixes at will but he is quite capable of scoring at good SR in t20, only as an opener where timing and not power is needed.

    And, he is the best keeper in Pakistan.

    Not a bad move at all to try him, keeping in mind the WC.

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    The strike-rate is the concern for me.

    His T20I strike rate is 108.68
    His T20 strike rate is 118.44

    These numbers need a huge improvement.



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    He is not a t-20 player shoukd be replaced by Rohail or azam

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiqbal View Post
    He is not a t-20 player shoukd be replaced by Rohail or azam
    Neither are half the keepers Rizwan is. If you had watched the semi final. Sahibzada should have been run out if not for a blunder by Rohail completely missing the ball and dislodging the bails with his gloves.

    Azam would struggle at international level and you can re quote me when this happens

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    I do worry that we keep selecting players for the wrong format. Rizwan is a wonderful cricketer but definitely more suited to tests and 50 over (he should play in the top order in 50 over) cricket.

    Has to be Azam khan or rohail for the T20 format

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    I think he should open
    Should have babar and haidar ali open
    Since hafeez is not playing this series they can try rizwan at 3
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    Sometimes our fans have bizarre opinions on selection, the latest one pigeonholing an embarrassingly fat part-time cricketer as a specialist wicketkeeper is immensely mental.

    Rizwan is the best all-format keeping option at the moment, people complaining about it are wasting their time.
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    Even if we treat him like tail-ender, he shld be a MUST in the team.

    Bat him at no11 if we have to ... he is a must...

    we have enough all-rounders in T20z can afford him without his batting too...


    He will get his numbers high once he gets a proper run...

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    Come off it guys...best 2 batsman in Pakistan right now are Babar and Rizwan.

    No doubt about his credentials as a test batsman.

    He's ideal in Odis behind Babar at no 4, dont forget his 2 x 100s against Aussies last year or so.

    In the absence of anyone else, his best use in T20s is to open with Babar.

    Lets get that Azam to shed a few killos so he can perhaps fit in no 5/6 purely a batter.
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    He needs to bat at a high SR. There is no use of two anchors at the top. If he can be the aggressor, then he should open. My concern is that Rizwan does start slowly and that was evident in the National T20 Cup. Once he is in, he can up the tempo, but he needs to do it immediately, or Babar has to be the aggressor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiqbal View Post
    He is not a t-20 player shoukd be replaced by Rohail or azam
    Rohail nor Azam are mature enough to be playing for the national mens team. They are not mature in every aspect. They both need 2 full domestic and Shaheens and perform consistently to be ready for international cricket. Rizwan toiled hard and done all the aforementioned before making it to where he is.
    Rizwan for now walks into the team on keeping on its own.

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    Rizwan turning it on now in the 1st T20I vs SA.

    55 from 37 at the moment, he's hit his last 6 balls for 24 runs. Reliable once again, even if he did start slowly.


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    Should bat 1 down so that Sharjeel, Fakhar or Haider opens because Rizwan kills powerplay.

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    Rizwan as an opener is here to stay on present form. 89 in New Zealand and 82 so far at a SR of 140 in consecutive matches in two different conditions is something that fakhar or Sharjeel wonít probably wonít achieve.

    Heís not a conventional t20 opener but this is the results business and he is delivering. Itís the least of our worries in this batting line up at present .

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    The one holding it together while all crumble around him (again)


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    M. Rizwan t20 international 100

    Rameez raja kept critisizing him and he ends up making a 100


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    Another quality innings after the run chase in New Zealand.

    But you will still have certain hipsters demanding him to be replaced by Azam because the latter is going to win the WT20 for us.

    Azam should give ho keeping hopes and try to get into the side as a batsman. Rizwan is not going anywhere.

    If you have a problem with him because he is no Buttler or Pant or de Kock, it is fine but he is still far ahead of his local competitors.

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    Well played Rizwan...
    Valuable all format player.

    Probably in the form of his life..

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    Quality player.

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    He's a proper batsman, that always helps.


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    He is next Gilly

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    I will still drop him on his first failure

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    Rizwan defies all logic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Another quality innings after the run chase in New Zealand.

    But you will still have certain hipsters demanding him to be replaced by Azam because the latter is going to win the WT20 for us.

    Azam should give ho keeping hopes and try to get into the side as a batsman. Rizwan is not going anywhere.

    If you have a problem with him because he is no Buttler or Pant or de Kock, it is fine but he is still far ahead of his local competitors.
    This guy always finds a way to give a backhanded compliment if any Pakistani player does good.

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    his last 74 runs came at 32 balls

    If he has it in him to do it (which he clearly does), why does it take him 30 balls to get going?

    Well batted though tbf

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    Rizwan-104 off 64. Rest of the team-65 off 56.

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    Never did i expect him to play that kind of innings!

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    Rizwan seems like a mentally strong player which is rare for us. Congratulations on the ton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHN1293 View Post
    Rizwan-104 off 64. Rest of the team-65 off 56.
    Reached 100 with a 88 metre six

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    Quote Originally Posted by srh View Post
    I will still drop him on his first failure
    Clown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    Rizwan defies all logic
    Actually he proves logic. He plays shots on their merit and according to where the bowler is pitching. That isn't a given with so many Pakistan 'hitter's who slog by numbers.


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    Cant believe what ive just witnessed.

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    Sensational from Rizwan!



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    Just wait for one failure and sarfarz lovers will be demanding his head for experience safi.

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    In T20s, he strikes at 110 in his first 30 balls.
    In T20Is, he strikes at 100 in his first 30 balls.

    That’s a quarter of a T20 team innings, and he won’t be making a hundred every day. He just needs to improve on that aspect, especially when he’s opening alongside Babar.

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    After those two games in NZ, he couldn't be more certain that this guy does not belong in the T20 format - he looked totally out of his depth.

    But then that match winning innings and now this. Maybe I was wrong.

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    A liability in the first half of his innings but his ability to change gears has been quite something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    In T20s, he strikes at 110 in his first 30 balls.
    In T20Is, he strikes at 100 in his first 30 balls.

    That’s a quarter of a T20 team innings, and he won’t be making a hundred every day. He just needs to improve on that aspect, especially when he’s opening alongside Babar.
    Agreed. I think he was the biggest reason we lost the 2 T20s in NZ. I know others played cra* too, but he opened and killed the entire innings before it could even take off.

    I'm still not 100% convinced but he takes his sweet time to get going which is a VERY risky approach in this format

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    Sarfraz can never play an innings like this one, probably last nail in coffin as far as Sarfraz chances are concerned to represent Pakistan again

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    Always knew he would come good in all formats.. he is a clutch player @ will only improve, as for the haters who said he has no power game!! 7 sixes & all over 80 meters so he puts that argument to bed too

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    When you have duds such as Iftikhar, Khusdhil and Asif Ali in the squad, trust our fans to hone in on criticizing one of the few mentally strong players in the team. Yeah, he needs to improve his strike-rate but those calling for his axing are delusional. There is no Buttler, Bairstow, or Pant languishing in the reserves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Another quality innings after the run chase in New Zealand.

    But you will still have certain hipsters demanding him to be replaced by Azam because the latter is going to win the WT20 for us.

    Azam should give ho keeping hopes and try to get into the side as a batsman. Rizwan is not going anywhere.

    If you have a problem with him because he is no Buttler or Pant or de Kock, it is fine but he is still far ahead of his local competitors.
    You could argue that Azam could loose us the WC by dropping a sitter? the same could be said about Pant, Buttler and de Kock who are easily the worst keepers to have represented their countries.

    Catches win matches still, dont they?

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    Why is there still talk of Azam and Sharjeel in this thread?

    Rizwan just ended both of their international careers in one innings.

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    He was on 27 from 24 balls.

    Scored the next 77 at almost 200 strike rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    You could argue that Azam could loose us the WC by dropping a sitter? the same could be said about Pant, Buttler and de Kock who are easily the worst keepers to have represented their countries.

    Catches win matches still, dont they?
    You cannot compare the keeping of Pant, Buttler and de Kock with that of Azam. They are all accomplished and experienced keepers.

    De Kock is actually an excellent keeper who takes amazing catches. Calling him a bad keeper is a gross exaggeration.

    Besides, they are so incredibly gifted and dangerous with the bat that you will pick them even if their keeping was awful.

    No team in the world will pick Rizwan over Buttler, Pant or de Kock in T20Is.

    Azam is a talented batsman but his batting is not yet at a level where he could keep Rizwan out of the team and compensate for the massive gulf between his and Rizwanís keeping skills.

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    He should be the last batsman we should worry about

    Clowns like ifthikar and Khusdhdil are the real problem

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    All Sarfraz lovers and Rizwan haters please report for duty. Must hurt to see this lad do so well.

    Long may this continue. Just don’t give him captaincy as he is fantastic in that too (at this rate he could probably bowl too) but it’ll be too much work load.

    Our balls are in good hands keeping wise, and batting wise we are set too. Credit to Misbah btw for letting Rizwan open. Credit where credit is due.

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    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madplayer View Post
    He was on 27 from 24 balls.

    Scored the next 77 at almost 200 strike rate.
    And thats why he is not the answer. If he had gotten out on 25th ball Pakistan would be doomed. He is the epitome of the Pakistani dinosaur's era mindset of wasting balls initially and going berserk at the end to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    Sensational from Rizwan!


    Also IN PAKISTAN IN FRONT OF HOME CROWD!!!! not in the graveyard silence of the UAE.

    Special moment, special location. Home field advantage was sorely missed.

    So happy, feels like it was me who scored this ton. Please don’t fade away, stay humble and grounded, and success will come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suleiman View Post
    Also IN PAKISTAN IN FRONT OF HOME CROWD!!!! not in the graveyard silence of the UAE.

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    There is no crowd there in Qaddafi stadium. The noise in the background is fake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad Kaleem View Post
    There is no crowd there in Qaddafi stadium. The noise in the background is fake.
    Still, I’m sure people watching at home in Pakistan felt it more because it’s just a couple of km from their house. And subconsciously it helped him too. Playing in your country is always special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    his last 74 runs came at 32 balls

    If he has it in him to do it (which he clearly does), why does it take him 30 balls to get going?

    Well batted though tbf
    There is a thing called getting your eye in. He's not s Slogger. He's an anchor and that's what he's doing until he starts hitting.

    Hope you realise what a good cricketer this guy is finally.

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    Dhoni 2.0

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    Excellent.. cant wait for India vs Pak.. going to be an amazing match.

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  66. #66
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    He is the hit and miss version of babar. Both are anchors. One maintains consistency throughout the innings while the other can either harm the team trying to anchor or be a matchwinner. Anyways pak should make good use of his good form as long as it lasts.

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    Riz is the 2nd best player in this team but here is the problem- He is a slower starter and if he and Babar open, then Babar can't play his role. As Babar has to open, then Riz has to move down the order but again when you need quick runs, he can't hit from the off so where does he bat to suit him and the team.

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    I think its good for all of us to see today how valuable he is with both bat and gloves.
    I don't think people should really be complaining about him when there are so many more pressing issues like our invisible middle order or our poor fast bowling

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    Could not have put a more authoritative full stop to the doubts people had about his ability in this format.

    Pakistan are beyond lucky to have Mohammad Rizwan. He is an outstanding, world-class cricketer.

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    Hopefully this will keep Azam Khan out of the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    In T20s, he strikes at 110 in his first 30 balls.
    In T20Is, he strikes at 100 in his first 30 balls.

    Thatís a quarter of a T20 team innings, and he wonít be making a hundred every day. He just needs to improve on that aspect, especially when heís opening alongside Babar.
    He can do Hashim Amla role in T20, others can bat around him..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post

    Good company he had.. Thought too had a t20i century..


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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Excellent.. cant wait for India vs Pak.. going to be an amazing match.
    Hope he doesn't end the streak ..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smbhayi View Post
    Good company he had.. Thought too had a t20i century..
    No Umar Akmal's highest score in T20Is is 94 which was against Australia in Dhaka.



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    And some people are asking for Sarf to replace him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smbhayi View Post
    He can do Hashim Amla role in T20, others can bat around him..
    That's Babars role and herein lies the problem and dilemma

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    Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan should be opening the batting in the upcoming WC. Yes, they may start off a little slower but this can be countered by filling the rest of the team with sloggers and big hitters.

    If you want to beat the likes of India and England, you need to break the mold and do something that no one else is doing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan should be opening the batting in the upcoming WC. Yes, they may start off a little slower but this can be countered by filling the rest of the team with sloggers and big hitters.

    If you want to beat the likes of India and England, you need to break the mold and do something that no one else is doing.
    Thatís the problem. We donít have any competent sloggers and big hitters for the middle order. Rizwan has improved his power hitting and has obviously done superbly, but if we open with him and Babar, itís going to hurt us in the long run. Thereís no way weíre going to get to the Semis or the Final of a World Cup if we are opening the innings with two anchors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Riz is the 2nd best player in this team but here is the problem- He is a slower starter and if he and Babar open, then Babar can't play his role. As Babar has to open, then Riz has to move down the order but again when you need quick runs, he can't hit from the off so where does he bat to suit him and the team.
    True. You cannot have 2 slow players as openers in T20. He wasted initial overs and was lucky he did not get out before he get going. But Pakistan will almost always lose T20 matches against good teams if they continue to employ this strategy of wasting initial overs and try to make up for it in end overs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal_103 View Post
    This guy always finds a way to give a backhanded compliment if any Pakistani player does good.
    Aside from getting my favorite batsman Dussen bowled twice to good deliveries he bowled absolute trash, SA was batting brainlessly and poking on balls outside offstump (because thatís certainly not how good bowlers like McGrath used to get their wickets).


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