Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar hailed the Pakistani cricketer — Mohammad Rizwan for his breezy innings in the second Test against England in Southampton.
After Babar Azam lost his wicket for 47 runs, Pakistan lower-middle order lost consecutive wickets then the wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan speed up his innings. The visitors were at 176 for eight after Shaheen Afridi lost his wicket and it was looking that they would not even touch 200 runs mark.
But Rizwan kept ticking the scoreboard. He stitched up the 39-run partnership with Mohammad Abbas and completed his half-century. The rain-curtailed second day ended with Pakistan at 223 for nine and Rizwan still at the crease with unbeaten 60 runs.
Sanjay Manjrekar heaps praise on Mohammad Rizwan
Taking the Twitter, Manjrekar to heap praise on the Pakistan batsman’s batting technique. He labelled the wicketkeeper as an ‘all-weather’ batsman because Rizwan could play in all the situations.
“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 and Eng,” Manjrekar tweeted
Although Pakistan is not in a good position with 223 for nine at stumps on day two, the Pakistan batsman —Mohammad Rizwan is confident that his side is capable of winning the second Test being played in Southampton.
Earlier the day, in an interview, the batsman said that Southampton pitch is difficult to tackle. He even said that it was the first time in his career that he experienced such a pitch. Thus, the wicketkeeper-batsman is assured that the hosts England would also find the batting a bit difficult.
“They were difficult conditions, not too dissimilar to some of the wickets in the north in Pakistan,” Rizwan said. “Places like Abbottabad and Peshawar, particularly. But this was the first time in my career I saw the ball seam after 75 overs, right until they took the new ball. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’ll be very difficult for England, too. They won’t find batting easy.”
Meanwhile, as of now, the start third day of the second Test match has been delayed because of wet weather.