Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan shared a funny exchange with Virat Kohli as he stated that players from both sides share a good bonding, unlike popular belief. Rizwan played a fine knock of 79 to form an unbeaten stand of 152 with skipper Babar Azam as Pakistan beat their arch-rivals by 10 wickets to break the World Cup jinx.
Recalling the match, Mohammad Rizwan shared a funny moment during India’s innings. As India lost three early wickets, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant were building a partnership. As Pant attempted a reverse sweep, there was an LBW shout which was dismissed by the on-field umpire so Pakistan decided to review the decision. So Kohli came up to Rizwan and cheekily said if they were trying to bowl India out inside 10 overs.
Mohammad Rizwan became the first-ever batter to score 2000 T20 runs in a calendar year
“Some things are part of tactics. No doubt Virat Kohli is world’s No. 1. When we play cricket, it’s like family. I remember when we took the review against Pant when he played the reverse sweep, he (Kohli) said… ‘what are you doing? Getting everyone out inside 10 overs?’ But like I said, these are tactics. Later, when I walked out to bat, I spoke to him then too. Rest, whatever chats took place inside the change room, I can’t disclose but I can say that he’s a very nice person,” Rizwan spoke to Paktv.tv
Rizwan has been in exceptional in the year 2021 as he shattered many records. He became the first-ever batter to score 1000 T20 International runs in a calendar year. And he also became the first batter to score 2000 T20 runs. Even in Test cricket, he played some crucial knocks.
“I haven’t really given comparisons too much importance. I am only focussed on improving my game. Initially, I used to idolise Tendulkar and then AB de Villiers, but it’s not like I would like to copy them. Yes, I have learnt a lot of things watching them play. As far as learning from Pakistani legends is concerned, I have picked certain things from Misbah, Malik, Hafeez and others,” he said.
Pakistan will host Australia in March-April for 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and one T20I. This will be Australia’s first visit to the country since 1998.