Mohammad Rizwan Comments on Babar’s Strike Rate

He states, We’ve never felt any issue in T20Is

Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan cricket team’s vice-captain, has promised to give England a hard time when they play their upcoming matches. They are scheduled to play three rounds of one-dayers and three T20I matches. He was confident of good results, citing their fine form home and away, including five Test wins.

He spoke to ESPNcricinfo at a virtual press conference and expressed his sentiments on various issues. Furthermore, he was quick to quash concerns over the strike rate of Babar Azam, the team captain, who has been struggling to tee off despite impressive numbers as an accumulator. Azam’s strike-rate currently stands at 128.26. Rizwan said that both he and Azam were comfortable with their contribution to the team so far. He cited an instance where he and Azam chased down 200 as further proof that their strike rates are above par.

He, however, acknowledged that the team’s middle-order has been struggling, and he hoped that the addition of new players would sort this issue. Pakistan’s team also has an option in Fakhar Zaman, Sharjeel Khan, and Sohaib Maqsood, who are big hitters in their own right. Rizwan noted that Masqood traditionally plays lower down in the order, even in the domestic league, but is versatile enough to be moved up the order. Rizwan also emphasized that he and Azam are willing to change their positions for the betterment of the team.

Rizwan, who recently captained the Multan sultans to their first-ever PSL title in 2021, was so outstanding that he was named Wicket-keeper of the Tournament. He has been in fine form these last six months, especially in the T20 format. Last year, he scored a match-winning 89 in the third T20I in Naples and has since accumulated 619 runs in 11 innings, surpassing any international cricketer during this duration.

He has carried his bat in five of his last ten T20I knocks, averaging 103.16 at a strike rate of 142.95. This is impressive for a player who many had thought is inept at the T20 format of play.

Rizwan stated in the press conference that there are no supremacy battles in the team. He reiterated that he is not “angling after captaincy” in any format. He is content in his role as a player and vice-captain to the team. Likewise, he praised Azam’s decision-making prowess, referring to him as a “world-class skipper.”

He pointed out that the team morale is currently very high, and he expects them to have exemplary performance in the coming matches.

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Reference Resource: 

  1. https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/eng-vs-pak-2021-mohammad-rizwan-babar-azam-strike-rate-in-t20is-never-been-an-issue-1268211
  2. https://www.espn.in/cricket/story/_/id/31731663/eng-vs-pak-2021-mohammad-rizwan-babar-azam-strike-rate-t20is-never-issue
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