Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan shepherded his side’s innings intelligently on the second day of the second Test against England in Southampton. Mohammad Rizwan remained unbeaten at 60 off 116 deliveries at the end, lifting Pakistan to a respectable total as all the other batsmen failed to make it count. The gusty innings from Rizwan earned him praises from cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.
Mohammad Rizwan made his Test debut in November 2016 but became a regular fixture in the line-up last year. It was Sarfaraz Ahmed’s axing from the Test side that made him the first-choice keeper-batsman.
Before the fifty in Southampton, Rizwan’s only fifty-plus score was against Australia in Brisbane. Nevertheless, the gritty knock of 60 and his excellent keeping skills have indeed closed the doors on Sarfaraz for now.
Sanjay Manjrekar took to his Twitter handle and wrote that the 28-year old is an amazing talent. The former Indian cricketer mentioned that he has a wide range of shots in his repertoire, driving, pulling, and cutting well. He referred to Rizwan as an ‘all-weather’ batsman.
Below is Manjrekar’s tweet for Mohammad Rizwan:
This Mohd Rizwan can bat!
He can drive well off the front foot & at the same time play the pull & the cut superbly. This makes him an ‘all weather’ batsman. No wonder his top 3 scores in Tests so far have come in Aus & Eng.👏👏#ENGvPAK
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 15, 2020
The tourists finished with 223-9 on the second day with Mohammad Rizwan as the only recognized batsman at the crease.
The gloveman shared two handy partnerships of 38 and 39 with Babar Azam and Mohammad Abbas respectively. Azam with 47 and Abid Ali with 60 were the only other significant scorers for Pakistan. The visitors trail the three-match series. The start of the third day has stood delayed so far due to rains.