Former Pakistan pacemaker Sikandar Bakht criticized the national team batsmen and cited the example of how Mohammad Rizwan’s individual batting record did not win the Men in Green the 2022 Asian Cup and that batting will not help Pakistan to win the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
Bakht’s statement came after Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in the opening match of the T20I tri-series being played in New Zealand. Mohammad Rizwan posted an unbeaten 78 from 50 balls to help Pakistan to a 21-run victory in Christchurch. Pakistan lost the toss and recorded 167-5 after being sent to bat, with Rizwan sharing a 52-run starting position with captain Babar Azam (22).
He then put up 42 for second wicket with Shan Masood (31 of 22 deliveries) to set up Pakistan’s innings. Taskin Ahmed from Bangladesh chose 2/25.
People will criticize me saying Rizwan broke the record, but did we win?: Sikandar Bakht
Mohammad Rizwan, who is the No. 1 batsman in the ICC T20I rankings, batted through all 20 overs and hit seven bounds and two sixes in his 21st T20 international half-century. He was also named Man of the Match.
Although Rizwan won the Man of the Match award, former Pakistani cricketer Sikandar Bakht criticized him for showing no intention despite playing all 20 overs and criticized the batsman-keeper for his low strike rate.
“He (Shan Masood) showed intent. The attempt. He arrived in the seventh; at that time, Rizwan was batting at 28. Shan was sacked in the 12th over and in 5 overs, he brought his individual score to 31. Rizwan, at the same time, was batting at 38. Shan’s intention was very good, and Everyone must have the same intention. Bakht said in Geo Super.
“We list Rizwan’s individual performances, but did we win the Asian Cup? People will criticize me saying that Rizwan broke the record, but did we win? If we win the tri-series, will we be favorites to win the World Cup? said the former Pakistani star.
Bakht also had a warning for the Pakistani side, saying: “If we hit like this, we can’t compete against big teams.”
Bangladesh, in response, was able to manage 146/8 with Liton Das making 35 and Yasir Ali smoking 42* in 21 balls. Mohammad Wasim chose 3/24, while Mohammad Nawaz took 2 wickets. Haris Rauf gave up 20 runs in the last over.
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