Mohammad Rizwan has turned out to be a boon for the Pakistan Cricket team. With a disappointing performance in 2020, the batter did not lose hope and came back with a dominating performance in 2021 and scored 1239, the most by any player in T20I calendar.
Former Pakistani coach, Misbah Ul Haq said that Rizwan was given the opportunity to open because of his ability to time the new ball and his flexible feet movement.
“Rizwan can use the pace up front, he is good on the back foot, and he pulls and cuts well. His skill to time the ball early in the innings rather than hitting the ball hard is what makes him a very good choice for opening the innings,” Misbah said.
In 2020, Rizwan used to bat at the no.5 or 6th position but the series against New Zealand in 2020 allowed him to gain some confidence. With series lost, Pakistan and Rizwan had nothing to lose in the 3rd and final T20 match. The 89 runs against a strong New Zealand side changed the fate of his T20 career.
After those 89 runs, Rizwan did not looked back and made the most of the opportunity given to him at the opening slot. He gained immense confidence when he led Multan Sultans to their PSL victory in 2021. Rizwan scored a crucial 30 runs at the opening in that match.
But when the big match arrived of India vs Pakistan in T20 World Cup, Rizwan proved why Pakistan’s investment in him is justified. The batsman did not looked under pressure against the likes of Bumrah and Shami. Pakistan was able to win their maiden World Cup match against India.