Pakistan’s opening batter Muhammad Rizwan says that God will humiliate batters who are playing for themselves. He gave a befitting response to the critics criticizing him on his batting. Pakistan lost the first match against England in the seven T20I series matches played in Karachi yesterday.
Responding to the questions, he did not express worry on defeat and said that mistakes will bound to happen as a team is trying new combinations. “We are in the process of making some changes. With changes, mistakes are quite possible,” he said while addressing the press conference. England defeated Pakistan by six wickets. Rizwan said that these mistakes should not be highlighted since the team is trying out new combinations for the T20 World Cup 2022.
میرا سوال: آج آپ کو کھیلتا دیکھ کر بہت خوشی ہوئی کیا منیجمنٹ نے ڈیسائڈ کیا ہے کہ اوپر سے ہی تیز کھیلنا ہے تاکہ مڈل آرڈر پر دباؤ کم ہو؟
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“By the grace of God, I and the skipper [Babar Azam] are performing well for quite some time, leaving a little room for our middle order to display their batting acumen,” he said.
Rizwan was asked about his alleged slow rate; Pakistani opening batters had attracted criticism for starting the T20 game slow and then building pressure on the middle order to score big.
In yesterday’s match, Rizwan played with a bit higher strike rate. Hence, a journalist asked him if the management has decided and asked him to play fast to reduce pressure on the middle order.
Rizwan said that he does not listen to people who are criticizing them on the strike rate. The batter added that may God bless those who are criticizing them for the strike rate; they must be having a pure intention for the team. The batter, however, added that he firmly believes that God will humiliate the players who are playing for themselves and will give respect to the players who are playing for the team.
Cricketer added that playing honestly for the team should be the priority. He said players are also playing with pure intent for the team and Pakistan.