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    Mohammad Rizwan "The criticism seems to be dying down a bit, so I must be doing something right"

    Mohammad Rizwan's rise from a domestic performer, to second-choice wicket-keeper batter, then to a mainstay for Pakistan has been nothing short of incredible. He is currently playing a crucial role in Pakistan's ICC Men's T20 World Cup campaign and has continued to gained admirers around the world since establishing himself in all three formats for his country.

    In an interview ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Rizwan spoke about the importance of his father's advice to him about life and cricket, the roller-coaster ride he has experienced during his career, the criticism he has faced, how honoured he feels about being considered as a key component in Pakistan's batting line-up, his thoughts on India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and his hopes that Pakistan will win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup.





    PakPassion.net: Was cricket always the profession that you dreamt of taking up?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    I always loved playing cricket, but I never thought that I would play for my country one day. Whilst, I used to play tape-ball cricket with my friends in my younger days and always had a love and passion for the game, I never for a moment thought that I would play the sport professionally and never did I think I would be good enough to play First-class cricket or go on to play for Pakistan.


    PakPassion.net: Was your family happy with you choosing to be a professional cricketer?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    My grand-father enjoyed watching cricket, but apart from him, cricket wasn’t really followed in my family. My father who is very religious would always say to me, don’t waste your time playing cricket as all you do is play cricket, think about cricket and dream about cricket. You are out with your friends day and night playing and watching cricket, missing your prayers, you are missing school, you are missing reading the Quran and are falling behind on religious education, you are wasting your life away just thinking about and playing cricket all of the time and this needs to change.

    We have a number of doctors on my father’s side of the family so education was always important, and my family were keen for me to follow the academic route. But to their credit, my family never forced me to become a doctor and my father eventually gave in and said to me, whatever you do in your life, just be a good human being and whatever profession you choose, make sure you make a name for yourself and do your country proud. He’s always been a great, supportive and loving father and I guess he just wanted the best for me. But he’s always been strict and a tough taskmaster and even now when we chat, he keeps me on my toes and says, I’m still not sure you’ve become a good human being. But he also says my prayers will always be with you, as you are representing Pakistan and that is an honour.




    PakPassion.net: You’ve had a roller-coaster ride throughout your career before reaching the heights of today. What has that taught you?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    Yes, it’s not been an easy journey for me but that has taught me to love the sport even more. If you have had things very easy throughout your career and your career path has been straight forward, then perhaps you don’t love the sport as much as you do if you have had to really go through the tough times and had to bide your time before the good days eventually come.


    PakPassion.net: When judging your performances, people tend to overlook the fact that you actually made your white-ball and red-ball international debuts back in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    Yes, and people also forget that I toured the West Indies in 2012/2013 where I never played a match, not even a tour match. Those are the ups and downs of professional sport that I am talking about because after that tour of West Indies my career was simply going nowhere, as I was playing domestic and just hoping for the best. Back then there were established wicket-keeper batsmen and they were not going to be replaced very easily. Sarfaraz Ahmed also became skipper and he was going to be very difficult to replace and I just had to stay positive and wait for my opportunity whenever that came.


    PakPassion.net: Staying positive is one thing, but as time went on, did you think time was running out on your international chances?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    No, I never doubted myself and I am not being arrogant when I say this. I didn’t let that situation bring me down, and I just thought about improving as a cricketer, working harder and thought that if the chance ever came, I would do my best and try to ensure that I cement my spot in any format. My outlook on life and cricket has always been very positive. Even these days I don’t worry about conditions, losing the toss or how good the opposition is, rather I just focus on being positive whatever the match situation is and whoever the opposition is. You come across players who worry about the opponents, or if it’s a tough surface to play on, or what will happen if you lose the toss, but I’ve never let myself worry about such things. It’s all about what I can do to help my team and how I can improve myself as a cricketer and as a human being.




    PakPassion.net: Sarfaraz Ahmed was in pole-position as Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman and now he is your understudy. That must feel strange?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    It does feel strange, but I guess that’s how it goes with professional sport. You have to patiently wait for an opportunity and remain professional about it. For three years, I was someone who was on the side-lines of the Pakistan Super League, deemed not good enough to play the 20-over format but when the right time came, I was not only picked by Multan Sultans but also made skipper and we became PSL champions.

    I was regarded by many as someone who wasn’t thought of as a 20-over batsman and yet nowadays I am a regular pick in this format for my country. I was somebody who people thought wasn’t good enough to play Test cricket yet today I am the national vice-captain. Life is full of twists and turns and is full of good and bad days and I have had my fair share of the highs and lows already, but my mindset has been and always will be to remain positive and never let the bad times unsettle me.


    PakPassion.net: What have you learnt from being a back-up wicket-keeper for so long?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    If there ever comes a time where I feel that a wicket-keeper in Pakistan deserves to be picked ahead of me then they will not have to wait like I did. They will not have to hang around as I will not block their path, and I will walk away and open the door for them to be picked.


    PakPassion.net: You are one of those cricketers who despite your consistent performances continues to attract criticism. Why do you think that is?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    I am glad that some people can make a living out of criticising me on television or on social media platforms. I guess they have a job to do and if that involves continually criticising me then let them enjoy themselves and who am I to stop them from doing what they feel they need to do. But what I will say is that I hope they keep the criticism civil and constructive, although I have noticed that the criticism seems to be dying down a bit, so I must be doing something right.


    PakPassion.net: You seem to be a prime example of a batsman who has proved that you don’t have to be a big-hitter to succeed in the shorter formats?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    I believe that is down to knowing my limitations and strengths and learning to use them to my advantage. And what’s really helped me put this into practice is Test cricket. I have always felt that if you can prove yourself and perform in Test cricket then that puts you in high regard around the world. As the name suggests, Test cricket is the real test when it comes to performing and is the format that splits the best from the rest and also helps you excel in other formats as well. Regardless of which format you play in, the most important factor behind good performances in any version of the game, especially as a wicket-keeper batsman, is your fitness. You have to be supremely fit otherwise forget playing in all three formats at the international level. Playing in all three formats is a very difficult ask but I know my strengths and know what I am capable of. If you try to be something that you aren’t on the cricket field, then that can come back and haunt you.


    PakPassion.net: You appear to be someone who goes out on the cricket field and enjoys the experience, chatting away to your team-mates and offering advice to the opposition?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    I have always played my cricket like that. There’s pressure out there in your professional life and whether you are a doctor, police-officer, pilot or a cricketer, you have to accept that and learn to deal with it. But I always fall back on my father’s advice of making sure that you are a good human being, regardless of what you do in life. So, I always have fun out there on the field and I play with a smile on my face, but I make sure that I never upset anyone or give a cause for anyone to complain about me, or for anyone to say that what I did was unprofessional. Whether I perform or not is down to the Almighty, but my behaviour on the field as an ambassador for cricket and for my country is down to me and I always want to take great pride in my performances and my behaviour.




    PakPassion.net: Do you think there is a danger of over-reliance on Babar Azam and yourself at the moment when it comes to scoring the bulk of Pakistan’s runs?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    The team is relying on Babar and I to score a lot of runs, but for me, I’m just honoured that a player who was not seen as international material is now seen as a key component in all formats. This is really something that gives me a lot of satisfaction and rather than taking it as something that puts additional pressure on me, I see it as a positive. In a strange sort of way, I feel there was more pressure on me when I was sitting carrying the drinks and towels than there is now when I am one of the regular picks.


    PakPassion.net: How do you rate Pakistan’s chances at this year’s ICC Twenty20 World Cup?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    I think our chances are very good especially with the tournament being played in the UAE. We’ve played a lot of twenty over cricket this year and participating in the PSL in Abu Dhabi was a very useful experience for us. We have also played series against two very strong Twenty20 sides in England and West Indies and that has given us plenty to think about. I think our twenty over team is gelling well and I’m confident that we will do very well at this tournament.


    PakPassion.net: You’ve never played an international match against India. The match against the arch-rivals at the Twenty20 World Cup must be one that you are looking forward to?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    The group stage game against India will be a high-pressure match due to the importance of the occasion and of course due to the quality of the opponents. The whole world will be watching us, and all eyes will be on the 22 players taking part which will give it an extra edge. From a personal perspective, the bigger the occasion, the more pressure there is, but the more I enjoy it. I can’t wait to get out there and test my skills against our rivals and against some of the best 20-over players in the world.




    PakPassion.net: What are your thoughts on the Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    He’s really impressed me as I find him to be a brave cricketer, and someone who looks like he enjoys challenges. I’ve never met him but from what I have seen on television I think he’s the sort of guy who I think I will get along very well with as we both play cricket in a wholehearted manner and with smiles on our faces and we both clearly enjoy representing our respective countries. I’m really looking forward to coming up against him at the World Cup and who knows, maybe sitting down and having a chat with him and sharing some thoughts about our profession.


    PakPassion.net: Who do you see as the main challengers for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup?

    Mohammad Rizwan:
    It’s really tough to single any team out as I believe it will be a very open tournament with several teams in with a good chance of winning the competition. It’s all about getting the combination right for the tournament and getting as many players as possible in form at the right time. At the moment there are hardly any teams who have a settled squad or starting eleven and there is still a lot of squad rotation and experimenting going on. There are a lot of players out there now with experience of playing in Twenty20 leagues in the UAE so that will also be vital and will mean that the Asian teams don’t necessarily have an advantage as would have been the case in the past.


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    So down to Earth

    Truly one of the best guys we have and the fact that someone as wholesome as this has even one hater is mind shattering

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    Such a wholesome guy and a brilliant interview.

    Just one question that I would like to have asked him. "How did you manage to improve so much after the lows of 2017 to becoming one of the lynchpins of Pakistan team in all formats in 2 years like who did he work with and how did he train and what aspects of his keeping and batting did he work upon.

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    Wonderful kid. My best wishes and prayers with him and Pakistan.

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    Truly beautiful man (Brendan Rodgers.gif) but doesn't have the acceleration to forgive the 1990s ODI play. Will come unstuck and create collapse if he gets out for 3 (12) like he nearly did..

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    “If there ever comes a time where I feel that a wicket-keeper in Pakistan deserves to be picked ahead of me then they will not have to wait like I did. They will not have to hang around as I will not block their path, and I will walk away and open the door for them to be picked.”

    Shots fired at Sarfraz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    “If there ever comes a time where I feel that a wicket-keeper in Pakistan deserves to be picked ahead of me then they will not have to wait like I did. They will not have to hang around as I will not block their path, and I will walk away and open the door for them to be picked.”

    Shots fired at Sarfraz.
    More than pak snub it was imad wasim karachi king's treatment towards him that i feel was pathetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    “If there ever comes a time where I feel that a wicket-keeper in Pakistan deserves to be picked ahead of me then they will not have to wait like I did. They will not have to hang around as I will not block their path, and I will walk away and open the door for them to be picked.”

    Shots fired at Sarfraz.
    Indeed. I still remember how Sarfraz did everything in his power to keep Rizwan discarded from the squad because of his insecurities. Deep down he knew he was inferior to him with bat and gloves.

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    He is the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world.

    But, like Kumar Sangakkara - whom I consider the GOAT keeper-batsman - his country needs him more as a specialist batsman.

    So play Rohail Nazir to keep from Number 6, and make Rizwan into a Test opener.

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    A very humble and likeable individual. Certainly has proved many, many of us wrong.

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    I always liked Rizwan and wished the best for the guy over the years, it's nice to see him establish himself in a role where he feels comfortable and appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    “If there ever comes a time where I feel that a wicket-keeper in Pakistan deserves to be picked ahead of me then they will not have to wait like I did. They will not have to hang around as I will not block their path, and I will walk away and open the door for them to be picked.”

    Shots fired at Sarfraz.
    I don't think he means that.

    I think he's subtly flexing the fact that he can fit into the team as a batsman alone if need be.

    That is something Sarfaraz could not do.

    I think Rizwan is a careful, calculated spokesman so if he said "wicket-keeper batsman", then I'd be more concerned about him calling out Sarfaraz.

    Still, it is a reference to what he had to endure.

    However, I don't see any talented keeper batsmen in Pakistan, so it is unlikely that Rizwan will even get replaced until the time of his retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    I don't think he means that.

    I think he's subtly flexing the fact that he can fit into the team as a batsman alone if need be.

    That is something Sarfaraz could not do.

    I think Rizwan is a careful, calculated spokesman so if he said "wicket-keeper batsman", then I'd be more concerned about him calling out Sarfaraz.

    Still, it is a reference to what he had to endure.

    However, I don't see any talented keeper batsmen in Pakistan, so it is unlikely that Rizwan will even get replaced until the time of his retirement.
    He is being as nice as he possibly can and diplomatic but hard not to see him implying the difficulties he faced on the outside while Sarfraz was the A choice keeper but there’s nothing wrong in admitting that, Sarfraz was captain to and rode his CT 17 trophy win, he had his run, but Riswan I think didn’t miss out on too much in the grand scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    “If there ever comes a time where I feel that a wicket-keeper in Pakistan deserves to be picked ahead of me then they will not have to wait like I did. They will not have to hang around as I will not block their path, and I will walk away and open the door for them to be picked.”

    Shots fired at Sarfraz.
    Best shot, that dead wood was occupying his place for so long, Micky was spineless, Thank you Misbah .

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    Lovely chatting with Rizwan.

    As humble as he is talented.

    A vastly improved and wonderful cricketer who has proved a lot of people wrong.


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    I'd be sad if he doesn't finish as a legend of Pakistan cricket and the greatest ever Pakistank Wicketkeeper/batsman

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    Mike Atherton on tv today ahead of the match versus Australia "Mohammad Rizwan is a real street-fighter and I'm a huge admirer of him as a cricketer"


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    I am okay with Rizwan and Babar opening. Once they have started well and are set. They should start the acceleration process earlier without fearing losing their wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    I am okay with Rizwan and Babar opening. Once they have started well and are set. They should start the acceleration process earlier without fearing losing their wickets.
    Theu have learned this lesson today hopefully, Rizwan is fast learner he will do it, he tried but he is limited player we al know , Babar has some fear factor I reckon.he does not have confidence on middle order that's why.

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    Another 50 for Rizwan - good going from him


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    T20 he's in beast mode

    But in odi I think he needs to open with Babar just like they do in t20s , or at least come at 3 , it will benefit him and our odi team.

    For test match he's fine at 6th I don't expect wonder's if he can average 30-40 as a test wicketkeeper that's acceptable because he's a safe pair of hands unlike the torture that was akmal which pakistan had to bear for so many years.

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    T20 - Doing an execellent job
    ODIs - needs to open as hes would be ideally suited there
    Test - 5 or 6 is good position and his game is suited to playing their. As a gloveman hes the best around at moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    T20 - Doing an execellent job
    ODIs - needs to open as hes would be ideally suited there
    Test - 5 or 6 is good position and his game is suited to playing their. As a gloveman hes the best around at moment.
    Pak have a settled opening pair in ODI’s, I don’t think Fakhar especially should drop down

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    Saj's article on Mohammad Rizwan for Wisden before the ICC T20 World Cup


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    His runs, wins, catches, trophies, all are a slap to Imad Wasim and Sarfraz who tried their level best to keep the man out of the team...

    Karma is that now Imad, despite being a great performer , is struggling for his place ... Karma is such a """"""

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    Keep doing what you are doing.

    It won't stop the haters from hating, but you are inspiring many young cricketers and delighting many followers of Pakistan cricket.


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    Mohammad Rizwan has now joined up with the Sussex team ahead of our second County Championship fixture away to Derbyshire tomorrow. Saj Sadiq, is a cricket journalist that regular writes for Wisden, The Cricketer and PakPassion.net among others and has written a piece on the rise of Rizwan, who is widely renowned as one of the best wicket-keeper batsman in world cricket.




    The atmosphere was electric, the stakes were high, the tension was palpable, and traffic had stopped flowing on most of the streets in both India and Pakistan, and no doubt in many cricket-loving towns and cities around the world.

    After all this was no ordinary contest. It was the much-awaited iconic Pakistan v India encounter in the T20 World Cup in Dubai last year. India, on paper, were the clear favourites, a side blessed with strength and brilliance in all areas. Pakistan had proven talent in the shape of Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi, and of course, the indomitable wicket-keeper batter, Mohammad Rizwan, but for many the team in green were the underdogs.

    Whilst the Pakistani bowlers set the scene with a disciplined display to restrict India to a very reachable 151/7, the spectacular and assured 152 run unbroken partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan is what caught the eye of the cricketing world. It was a batting display that made many sit-up and really take note of the skill levels of Rizwan.

    Audacity and simplicity were the hallmarks of Mohammad Rizwan’s pugnacious 55-ball innings where he took on Jasprit Bumrah and co. He remained unbeaten on 79 as he took Pakistan to one of their most convincing wins ever over their arch-rivals. In the process, he also proved to fans and critics alike that he is a player capable of extraordinary achievements and a man who doesn’t shy away from the pressure of the big occasion.

    Mohammad Rizwan's rise from a steady domestic performer waiting for opportunities, to the title-winning captain of Multan Sultans in the 6th edition of the Pakistan Super League and then to a mainstay for Pakistan in all three formats has been nothing short of incredible. His crucial role in Pakistan's 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup campaign gained him many admirers and he has continued to impress cricket fans around the world with his performances, humility and fighting spirit.

    A humble man at heart and one whose family was initially against him choosing cricket as a profession, he is indebted to his father for his guidance and advice to strive to become a good human being, regardless of whatever profession he chose to pursue. His father’s words “whatever you do as a profession, just make your country proud”, still ring in Rizwan’s ears and this is the mantra that he follows wholeheartedly.

    A smile on his face when facing the toughest of opponents, Rizwan is known for his ability to stand-up and be counted when his team needs it the most. But beyond the game itself, Rizwan with his exemplary behaviour on and off the field has proven himself to be a fine ambassador for cricket and for his country which is a character trait appreciated by his teammates and opposition alike. Play hard, play fair and enjoy the game is the philosophy that has won the Peshawar-born 29 year old many friends and admirers around the world.

    Not a believer in the hype of playing big shots that seem to be the hallmark of many of his contemporaries, Rizwan is known for pacing his innings to perfection. In his own words, playing a match-winning innings is about “knowing your limitations and strengths and learning to use them to your advantage”. And this is a technique that he has put into practice in Test cricket as he explained, “I have always felt that if you can prove yourself and perform in Test cricket then that puts you in high regard around the world.”

    And as he shown time and again for his country, his prowess is not just limited to one format. Whilst Pakistan’s T20 World Cup campaign last year came to a juddering stop in their defeat against the eventual title winners, Australia, Rizwan’s reputation as one of the most dependable batters in world cricket was established in that game as he became the first batter in T20I history to aggregate over 1000 runs in a single calendar year. Equally dependable in the red-ball format or white-ball formats, Rizwan has become hot property and is one of modern-day cricket’s most highly rated players.

    This is the same all-round talent that fans of Sussex will be looking forward to witnessing this summer when Rizwan makes an appearance for the club for the majority of the 2022 season. Joining Sussex following the conclusion of Australia’s historic tour of Pakistan, Rizwan will be available in both Championship and T20 cricket until the end of the Vitality Blast in mid-July.

    Following in the footsteps of former Pakistani players to have played for Sussex such as Javed Miandad, Mushtaq Ahmed, Yasir Arafat and Rana Naved, Rizwan is expected to become another Pakistani who the Sussex fans take to their hearts.

    If history is any guide, they are in for a treat. Rizwan, during Pakistan’s three-match Test series in 2020, enjoyed significant success in English conditions, averaging over 40, and was named Pakistan’s player of the series. So impressed was Nasser Hussain with the energy and determination that Rizwan brought that he labelled him as “the best for a long, long time” when it came to touring wicketkeepers which is also a sentiment that Sussex fans are likely to walk away with this summer.

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    Happy Birthday Rizwan!

    30 years old on June 1


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    Mohammad Rizwan speaking to the press:

    “At the lower level the cricketers of Pakistan and India want to play against each other but the state-level affairs are not in our control"

    “I talked to Pujara regarding cricket in the County Championship and learned a lot of things from him"

    “Mohammad Haris is a very talented wicket-keeper batter. I wish the team includes not just one but five wicket-keepers, whoever is best for the team, must play"

    “Our bowling attack is the best in the world. It feels really great when I heard some English players praise our bowlers"

    “The weather is hot without a doubt but it is not an excuse for us, we are playing in different challenging conditions since Under-19”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Keep doing what you are doing.

    It won't stop the haters from hating, but you are inspiring many young cricketers and delighting many followers of Pakistan cricket.
    I appreciate everyone will have "haters", but the Rizzy and Barbar haters don't seem to understand how cricket works.
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    Rizwan has a brilliant attitude and work ethic something the younger players should learn from.

    Don't know in which context he said selecting 5 wicketkeeper, sounds like a statement that can easily be taken out of context.

    Regarding bowling attack. No it isn't the best. We have a few good bowlers. Our bowling attack in LOIs is a little better with a lot of allround options the likes of Shadab, Nawaz and Imad provide. Our bowling attack in tests is pretty ordinary.

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    Riz cant keep a straight face.....



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    The reason why Rizwan is admired the world over



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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The reason why Rizwan is admired the world over

    But Sarfaraz has loved each one of these players like a big brother too. Why does he get hate but Rizwan gets love?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    But Sarfaraz has loved each one of these players like a big brother too. Why does he get hate but Rizwan gets love?
    Sarfraz was only good at barking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    But Sarfaraz has loved each one of these players like a big brother too. Why does he get hate but Rizwan gets love?
    Sarfaraz got a lot of unnecessary hate from fans at the end. He raised the bar for our keepers after the ABOMONINATION that was the akmals. He was a brilliant tactician who won u19, PSL and most importantly the CT with a ridiculously inexperienced team.

    And now it’s Rizwan’s turn as he’s matched that standard and taken it to another level. The fact that people are hating either of them shows how biased fans can be.

    Before you start nitpicking stats, think back to the days of Kamraan and look at his numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forum363 View Post
    Sarfaraz got a lot of unnecessary hate from fans at the end. He raised the bar for our keepers after the ABOMONINATION that was the akmals. He was a brilliant tactician who won u19, PSL and most importantly the CT with a ridiculously inexperienced team.

    And now it’s Rizwan’s turn as he’s matched that standard and taken it to another level. The fact that people are hating either of them shows how biased fans can be.

    Before you start nitpicking stats, think back to the days of Kamraan and look at his numbers.
    Wverytime I see you post I know Kamran will be mentioned. You never fail to disappoint

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyWarsFan View Post
    Wverytime I see you post I know Kamran will be mentioned. You never fail to disappoint
    Consistency is key

    The point is, we suffered with Kamran for so long and he is incredibly overrated by fans despite being the worst batsman that played for us consistently in our HISTORY and lost us numerous matches with his keeping.

    The likes of Sarfaraz and Rizwan getting hate from those same fans make me cringe.

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    Shahid Afridi :

    “He doesn’t need to do anything special. Rizwan should enjoy ODI cricket, similar to what he does in T20I cricket"

    “Expectations are so high from Rizwan, due to his performance in the recent past, that if he doesn’t do well in a two or three matches people start talking about him. We still need to back him because he is a key player in our side.”


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    Mixed bag today's innings so far.

    36 off 36 balls is a poor effort.

    Lets see if he can hammer the bowling to all parts towards the end of his innings.


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    Gotta be better before the real thing!. This doesn't fit in t20!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Mixed bag today's innings so far.

    36 off 36 balls is a poor effort.

    Lets see if he can hammer the bowling to all parts towards the end of his innings.
    Considering the game situation, feel like he is gritting it out. Could have thrown his wicket away but playing the anchor innings. So I personally feel it’s not been bad so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by adzzy786 View Post
    Considering the game situation, feel like he is gritting it out. Could have thrown his wicket away but playing the anchor innings. So I personally feel it’s not been bad so far
    Tame dismissal. Got into a very awkward position

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    His purple patch seems to be over.

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    Only guy that played well. Fans can bash him all they want, no other player has scored more runs than him yet.

    He kept things in control from one end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Only guy that played well. Fans can bash him all they want, no other player has scored more runs than him yet.

    He kept things in control from one end.
    He was playing a T20 match, he would have played well had this been a test match. Pathetic strike rate and put pressure on rest of team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muqarrab View Post
    He was playing a T20 match, he would have played well had this been a test match. Pathetic strike rate and put pressure on rest of team.
    And what is the "rest of the team" doing?


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    If the par score is 170-180 - scoring 42 in 39 balls is very poor performance

    Anchor innings that ow does not help in T20 cricket

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    And what is the "rest of the team" doing?
    they will blame rizwan no matter what. It was not easy scoring here and as soon as Rizwan left the team started to collapse.

    Rizwan and Babar the way they bat, they keep things controlled from one end.

    Its sucks that this guy still has to face criticism from these fans.

    Played a good innings in the situation we were in, no other batter was able to even out score or match his performance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    And what is the "rest of the team" doing?
    Rest of the team playing like crap doesn't absolve Rizwan. Do we need to hold an end in T20? How many dot balls did he play?

    Rizwan is a limited player and he had a fe good months in 2020 and 2021, time to move on as everyone knows how to pin him back.

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    Fluke purple patch over.

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    That was one horrible innings by Rizwan today.

    I've praised him when he's deserved it, but today he just blocked, missed at the start of the innings.


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    Looked horrible

    He has been garbage this year apart from that century against Australia. Teams have found a way to bowl to him, away from him with 5th and 6th stump line because he has no shots on offside apart from 3rd man

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    I hope Mohammad Haris matures as an opener and kicks him out. I feel Shan Masood should open with Babar Azam

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    His purple patch is over

    He has no shots on off side against fast bowling, he can’t even with a straight bat towards long off and long on

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    One of the worst t20 innings you will see. Pathetic by rizwan.

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    Was a pretty scratchy innings. Our batters played like they were facing crucifixion. As soon as the pressure was off and tail came, the shots started to get connected really well.

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    A bit of success and our players lose their heads. He has turned into an actor and is focused on maintaining his image of a pious and religious player.

    He needed this reality check to focus his attention on his cricket instead of praying in the stadium, hoping someone would catch him on camera and praise him on social media.

    That fake story of him fighting death before the Australia semifinal was cringeworthy.

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    Not sure why the focus is on Rizwan?

    The whole line up got to bat and no one were able
    to do anything meaningful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Concerned View Post
    Not sure why the focus is on Rizwan?

    The whole line up got to bat and no one were able
    to do anything meaningful.
    Seems the rest of the team goes for sight-seeing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Concerned View Post
    Not sure why the focus is on Rizwan?

    The whole line up got to bat and no one were able
    to do anything meaningful.
    Steady players like Rizwan/Misbah are the evergreen punching bags for Pakistan fans.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Steady players like Rizwan/Misbah are the evergreen punching bags for Pakistan fans.
    His innings wasn’t great but it was better than the rest of the batsmen. And I don’t think it’s right to blame the others threw their wickets because I wan played slow, that just didn’t happen.

    If Rizwan and Babar got us that platform even at a mediocre SR I think we would have got a higher total and easily won the match. Just unfortunate babar got out. Getting a platform to build on is important, and we didn’t get that today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ads101 View Post
    His innings wasn’t great but it was better than the rest of the batsmen. And I don’t think it’s right to blame the others threw their wickets because I wan played slow, that just didn’t happen.

    If Rizwan and Babar got us that platform even at a mediocre SR I think we would have got a higher total and easily won the match. Just unfortunate babar got out. Getting a platform to build on is important, and we didn’t get that today.
    The guy who scored runs gets the criticism. It would have been better if he scored 7 of 3 balls. According to these fans

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    Indian struggled on the pitch batting second, which proves Rizwan didnt bat bad. The pitch was hard and he scored most runs. Had it not been for his performance, this would had been a one sided match


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    It's shocking how people instantly come out to bash one of our best batsmen after an ok inning. We would've probably been all out before 120 without Rizwan. What were the likes of Fakhar, Iftikhar, Khushdil, and Asif doing? These guys have been failing consistently trough out their careers but the focus is on Rizwan. Shocking!

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    If a bowler bowls a wide, Rizwan converts it into 2 or 3 easy.

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    People will never admit


    HE IS THE PROBLEM !!!

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    Okish with the bat, his runs kept us in the match.

    But too much drama while keeping today, gave away many runs and always manages to get a leg injury no matter what and then tries to make you think his injury was the reason for poor keeping.

    Hopefully he will be back to his best next games.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    People will never admit


    HE IS THE PROBLEM !!!
    Someone will never admit the reason why they hate him even after performing.

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    Anomalous poor game behind the stumps but strange to put the entire batting blame on him when only 1 of the other 10 players could muster even half of his score.

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    Much rather have Fakhar and Khushdil open instead of Babar/Rizwan

    Two accumulators at the top is a recipe for disaster

    Now he will score cheap runs against the associates who have qualified and people will think he is on par with Chris Gayle

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    Painful to watch him bat, every time he comes to bat puts his team to backfoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomboomcheema View Post
    If a bowler bowls a wide, Rizwan converts it into 2 or 3 easy.
    Everyone struggled out there with cramps. How often have you know Rizwan to be anything other than a flawless keeper?

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    Top scorer from both the Pakistani and Indian innings, that too by a distance 🤷*♂️

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