Mohammad Rizwan Comes Up With String Of Excuses After Criticism On Recent Performances. The Pakistani wicketkeeper-bat Mohammad Rizwan acknowledged on Sunday that he occasionally feels uncomfortable serving as the anchor in the shortest format.
Rizwan believes that everywhere he is picked in the franchise-based T20 cricket competition, he is asked to stay at the wicket without taking too much risk in order to ensure that other batters can play in their natural free-flowing style without worrying too much about what is happening at the other end. Rizwan is currently playing for Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Mohammad Rizwan Comes Up With String Of Excuses After Criticism On Recent Performances
“It is very difficult role (anchor role in shortest format) and sometimes it looks very embarrassing,” Rizwan told reporters. “What my experience says and what I know is that whenever someone hires me, they demand me to play the anchor role like the way I do in Pakistan,” he further added.
“I always assess the condition, assess the opponent and do these kinds of things (anchoring the innings) and sometimes it is embarrassing because in T20 everyone knows we love sixes and they want me to score 60-70 runs from 35-45 balls, but for me to win the match,” Rizwan further stated.
The number two T20I batter said, “I know I can accelerate the run rate at the later portion of the innings, therefore I chose to follow the path of anchoring the innings.”
Rizwan refrains from hitting extravagant shots, in contrast to some other excellent T20 hitters who can get going right away.
“You can look at the scoreboard and see what the team demand from you. Basically for me, my cricket idol is AB De Villiers and I look at him very closely and his performances in Test cricket and T20 as well and that’s why I also try to play according to the demand of the team,” Mohammad Rizwan said.
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“In T20 cricket, sometimes you can go with slow strike rate because sometimes in T20 you are in a position where they (opposition) are looking to take wickets. You can go slow (when you’ve lost a couple of wickets) but when the team needs you to hit the long ball, you can go with the momentum. For me, assessing the time is important (when to break free) and thankfully, most of the time, I am successful,” Rizwan further stated.