Monday Feb 22, 2021
Karachi: Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan on Sunday revealed the secret behind his recent top form after scoring a half-century against Islamabad United at National Stadium Karachi.
The 28-year-old continued his dream-run in the game after scoring 71 runs for Multan Sultans in their first match during HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six.
“I have never compromised on my hard work, effort and motivation and then left the results to the Almighty Allah,” Rizwan said.
“One thing I am doing is that I am trying to play fearless cricket, be it a spinning delivery or swinging one, I don’t think much about it and go play it,” said the wicket-keeper batsman who has scored 379 runs in the last six T20 games at an average of 75.8.
While Multan lost the match by three wickets, their newly-appointed captain has continued his run of success. Rizwan has hit four half-centuries in the last 5 T20 games, three of which came in international fixtures.
His current form also motivated the management of Multan Sultans, a franchise that drafted Rizwan only in January, to name the wicket-keeper batsman as their new captain, replacing Shan Masood — who was one of the most successful batsmen for the team in the previous edition of the PSL.
Rizwan praised his predecessor for the positive energy and helpful attitude in the team.
“Shan is a wonderful guy, very humble and down to earth. He helped me a lot when I came and in fact when today he came into field as substitute of Chris Lynn, he contributed with positive energy for the team’s cause,” Rizwan said about Shan Masood.
“Captaining the Sultans’ side isn’t a difficult task for me as I have so many experienced players around me who have captained various teams at various levels and they all are contributing towards team’s cause. I have also told the players that everyone is a leader and everyone will have to show responsibility,” Rizwan said about his new role.
The Sultans’ captain added that the only thing he expects from the team is to give their 100 percent in the ground, do whatever it takes to win the game and forget about the results.
Talking about the game against Islamabad United, he said that his team was around 10-15 runs short but despite that team did well.
“A loss is a loss, no matter how close you were. We couldn’t finish our innings the way we should have but, in the end, team didn’t play bad and that’s why we were able to take the game so close,” he concluded.