Former Test cricketer Basit Ali called Mohammad Rizwan the’ T20I version of Javed Miandad’.
Taking to Twitter after Rizwan completed his 21st T20I off 38 balls, Basit shared his thoughts on his batting.
“M Rizwan T 20 ka Javeed bhai hai well played,” he wrote.
M Rizwan T 20 ka Javeed bhai hai well played
— Basit Ali (@BasitAOfficial) October 7, 2022
After taking a quick start, Rizwan’s strike-rate went down to 121 before he reached fifty. When this story was filed, Rizwan was batting at 57 with a strike-rate of 135.71.
In the first ongoing match of the tri-nation series, Bangladesh invited Pakistan to bat. Openers Babar Azam and Rizwan scored 52 runs together in seven overs.
Mohammad Rizwan’s T20I career took a surprising turn when the then-Pakistan team management promoted him as an opener on New Zealand tour.
In a three-match T20I series, Rizwan played as an opener and made a mark in the last game to cement his position in Pakistan team as a regular T20I opener.
The right-handed batter scored his maiden T20I fifty, finishing with 89 runs in last series game against New Zealand.
At that time, Rizwan’s average in T20I was just 17.23 without any fifty or hundred.
Today when Rizwan returned to New Zealand in tri-series match against Bangladesh, he scored his 21st T20I half-century. His current average is 52.53 with 21 half-centuries and a hundred too.
He is also the current number-one batter in the ICC T20I rankings. Within two years, Rizwan proved himself as a regular T20I batter.