'The hate is just from people on social media,' Sarfaraz responds to his relation with Rizwan

Pakistan team currently has Rizwan as the first-choice wicketkeeper whereas Sarfaraz is the backup

By Web Desk
July 31, 2023
Sarfaraz Ahmed (L) and Mohammad Rizwan (R) during PSL - PCB

Champions Trophy 2017 winning captain Sarfaraz Ahmed reiterated that he shares a brotherly bond with teammate Mohammad Rizwan. 

Sarfaraz and Rizwan are often called rivals on social media with their fans bashing each other over cricketers' performances. 

"The current Pakistan team is very well united. All the players share a brotherly bond and there is no hate between us," he told the local YouTube channel in an interview on the sidelines of his training camp with B-Love Kandy team ahead of the Lanka Premier League (LPL)'s fourth edition. 

"There is no hate between me and Rizwan. The hate is just from the people on social media. These people have nothing to do in their life, hence they come to social media and start writing unnecessary things," the wicketkeeper batter added. 

Sarfaraz and Rizwan are currently the two frontline wicketkeepers of the Pakistan team. Rizwan is the first-choice whereas Sarfaraz is the backup. However, in the recently concluded Test series in Sri Lanka, Sarfaraz played as a first-choice wicketkeeper. Sarfaraz, earlier this year, made his comeback in Test cricket and scored a match-saving hundred for Pakistan against New Zealand in the second Test in Karachi. 

Babar-Virat comparison

Sarfaraz believes there is no comparison between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. 

"Just leave Babar Azam. There is no comparison between him and Virat. Virat is playing cricket for the last 14-15 years. Babar made his debut in 2015. Wait and watch Babar till he plays as much cricket as Virat, he will stand at the same stage," Sarfaraz highlighted. 

"No one plays cover drive and on drive better than Babar. Just let him play and enjoy," he concluded.