Pakistan endured a troublesome 23-run defeat in opposition to Sri Lanka within the finals of Asia Cup 2022, following which a number of ex-cricketers lashed out on gamers, particularly the batters for his or her dismal present. Many fingers have been pointed notably at Mohammad Rizwan, who emerged as the very best run-scorer of the match.
Chasing a stiff 171 within the finals, Rizwan scored 55 however it got here at a sluggish tempo. The wicketkeeper-batter took 49 balls to attain the runs and was caught at deep as he tried to change gears.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq have been extraordinarily essential of Rizwan’s efficiency. “Rizwan, 50 off 50 will not be going to work anymore. Doesn’t profit Pakistan,” Akhtar tweeted a day after the conflict.
Inzaman, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, mentioned: “Had the 70 runs been scored at a extra leisurely price, the ultimate rating would have solely been about 140, which Pakistan would have been capable of chase down. Subsequently, these 70 runs would have been for nothing.”
Nonetheless, Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq got here to Rizwan’s rescue and took an oblique jibe on the “specialists”, stating it is simpler to remark from outdoors.
When requested concerning the incoming criticism from the ex-cricketers throughout the press convention, the Pakistan coach mentioned: “Unki soch hai. Jo bahir log baithe hote hai na wo bahir se cheezon ko dekhte hai aur uske upar baat kar dete hai (It is their considering, individuals observe issues from outdoors and cross their remarks on it).”
He added: “It’s not their mistake. They noticed the end result, and scorecard and made their feedback. They don’t know about what is occurring contained in the dressing room, what the gamers really feel about their confidence and the accidents they’re carrying.
“I’ve labored as an skilled for 3 years. So I understand how issues work. As soon as they work intently with the cricketers from inside solely then they are going to get to know concerning the group bonding, the atmosphere.”
With Babar Azam not with the ability to make an affect with the bat, Rizwan was the spine of Pakistan’s batting. The world nobody T20I batter amassed 281 runs within the six matches Pakistan performed on the Asia Cup 2022.