Pakistan recently beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the 1st ODI to lead the five-match series 1-0. Fakhar Zaman stole the limelight with his 180(144), which included 17 fours and six sixes.
Besides Fakhar, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan also contributed heavily to the Men in Green’s victory over the Blackcaps, as they both scored fifty-plus scores. Babar amassed 65(66), while Rizwan, who came to bat at number 5, scored an unbeaten 54(41).
However, in the latest events, Rizwan addressed the media, where he opened up on batting at number 5 in ODIs and also took a dig at former chief selectors Mohammad Wasim.
Rizwan made a bold statement and remarked that he is unhappy batting at number 5 in ODIs and would ideally love to bat at No.4. However, the keeper-batter respected captain Babar Azam’s tactics.
“I am not happy batting at number five. I prefer batting at four. But I am ready to sacrifice my preferences for the sake of the team. I have to listen to the coach and captain Babar Azam. Although, I have been sacrificing for the last 15-16 years and not complaining.”
Besides this, Rizwan hit back at former chief selector Mohammad Wasim, who recently blasted Rizwan and Babar for playing for personal milestones.
During the 5th T20I against New Zealand, Pakistan lost the game, but Rizwan scored 98. After the match, the 30-year-old got heavily criticised as there were allegations that he asked Imad Wasim to take a single on the last ball of the 19th over so he could complete his century.
In the latest event, Rizwan denied such claims and stated that no Pakistani cricketers play for individual records and put their team first.