Star Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has shared a funny exchange he had with former India captain Virat Kohli during the high-profile clash between India and Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
In the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan National Cricket Team for the first time defeated the arch-rivals India National Cricket Team in the World Cup game. Notably, the Babar Azam-led side won the match by 10 wickets. Chasing the target of 152 runs, openers Mohammad Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*) completed the chase without losing a wicket to earn a historic victory.
Speaking to Paktv.tv Rizwan recalled a funny interaction with Kohli involving wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and said:
“Some things are part of tactics. No doubt Virat Kohli is world’s No. 1. When we play cricket, it’s like family. I remember when we took the review against Pant when he played the reverse sweep, he (Kohli) said… ‘what are you doing? Getting everyone out inside 10 overs?’ But like I said, these are tactics. Later, when I walked out to bat, I spoke to him then too. Rest, whatever chats took place inside the change room, I can’t disclose but I can say that he’s a very nice person.”
I used to idolise Sachin Tendulkar and then AB de Villiers – Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan has said that his entire focus is on improving his game and he does not give too much importance to comparisons. He also revealed the names of cricketers he idolises. Rizwan stated:
“I haven’t really given comparisons too much importance. I am only focused on improving my game. Initially, I used to idolise Tendulkar and then AB de Villiers, but it’s not like I would like to copy them. Yes, I have learnt a lot of things watching them play. As far as learning from Pakistani legends is concerned, I have picked certain things from Misbah, Malik, Hafeez and others “
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