Pakistan opening partnerships have been the key to their success in the World Cup. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam laid the foundation in many matches which allowed the rest of the batsmen to play freely. However, ever since Pakistan have lost their semi-final match against Australia, crickets like Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar Younis criticized the slow batting of the openers, especially after the powerplay.
Speaking on the Pakistan Cricket Board Youtube channel, Mohammad Rizwan clarified defended the team’s planning to not lose wicket during the powerplay even if they scored at an average of 40. Rizwan elaborated that most of the teams had an overall average of 44 – 45 where Pakistan managed around forty however, Pakistan was able to keep their wicket intact, unlike other teams, as per the batsman.
Pakistan has shuffled its batting order numerous times in the last few years. According to Rizwan, he overcome the critics who felt that he is not appropriate for the shorter format of the game.
My breathing was almost stopped: Mohammad Rizwan
The explosive opener spent two nights in the ICU before the semi-final. Speaking of the incident, the batsman elaborated that when he arrived at the hospital, the doctor informed him that the pipes responsible for breathing were completely clogged. While the doctors told him that he would be fine and will be discharged the next morning.
However, upon asking the nurse about the situation, she told had he been late for another 20 minutes, he would have landed in serious trouble. He commented, that the doctor wanted me to play semi-final for Pakistan. However, the doctors reminded him of the risks that he could face if he plays the semi-final match too soon.
Pakistan will now start their Bangladesh Tour from the 20th of November with T20s. The tour is comprised of 3 T20s and 2 Tests.