NEW DELHI: Heaping praise on wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar said the right-hander is an “all-weather batsman”.
Manjrekar said Rizwan can drive off his front foot and also has the ability to play the pull and cuts off his backfoot.
“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,” the cricketer-turned-commentator tweeted.
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 & Eng.??#ENGvPAK
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 15, 2020
Manjrekar’s comments came after Rizwan remained unbeaten on 60 to guide Pakistan to 223 for 9 at stumps on the second day of the second Test against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The start of play on day two was delayed due to the wet outfield.
Resuming from 126/5, Pakistan lost overnight batsman Babar Azam early as he was caught behind the stumps by Jos Buttler off Stuart Broad. Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals but Rizwan played cautiously and took his side to a respectable total before the close of play.
Rizwan is unbeaten on 60 while Naseem Shah is not out at 1. For England, Broad scalped two wickets while Anderson picked one wicket on day two.