‘I don’t need to play on off side’ says Mohammad Rizwan

KARACHI: Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan responded to former captain Moin Khan’s statement regarding him and asserted that he does not need to play on the offside.

Rizwan, while talking to the media after Pakistan’s six-wicket loss to England in the first T20I, responded to a question regarding Moin’s statement, who called him a one-dimensional player, by stating that there is no problem if he can play on the leg side.

“If I can hit the off-stump delivery on the leg side then I think there is no problem in that. May Allah rewards those who are talking about my command on the offside,” Rizwan stated.

“I don’t need to play on offside although If I can play a shot on the leg side from off stump, I can also play from off stump to cover,” he maintained.

It is apropos to mention that Moin while speaking on ARY News’ show Bouncer highlighted a weakness in the batting approach of wicketkeeper batter Rizwan and alleged that the latter is a one-dimensional batter and prefers to score on the on-side.

“Rizwan, on the other hand, plays on one side only and he needs to score on the other side as well or else he will be trapped,” Moin stated.

Rizwan then also commented on Pakistan’s dismal performance against England in the series opener and asserted that the management is trying to make a combination for the World Cup.

“Everyone knows that little changes are being made. We are trying to make a combination for the World Cup so if you make changes, there will be an error,” Rizwan said.

The top-ranked T20I hitter responded to a question about playing too many dot balls by acknowledging the criticism and saying he and Pakistan captain Babar Azam are striving to address the issue.

“We are playing too many dot balls, we will work on it and also inform the players further,” Rizwan said.

It is pertinent to mention here following the series opener triumph, England lead the seven-match T20I series 1-0.

The action-filled T20I series is being streamed on the digital platform of ARY Digital Network – ARY ZAP in crystal clear HD quality.

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