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Pakistan’s T20 opener Mohammad Rizwan Admits that playing the role of anchor in the shortest format is sometimes embarrassing for him. His strike-rate in the shortest format has repeatedly come under the scanner. Rizwan has come under criticism from experts for not doing well from the beginning of the innings. However, he revealed that he takes on the role of anchor only when the team asks him to do so.
The Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman currently plays for Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He is batting at number four in the competition and says that whenever he is picked by a team to play in the T20 league, he is asked to play the role of an anchor so that other batsmen can play around him.
“It is a very difficult role (anchor role in the smallest format) and sometimes it looks very embarrassing. What my experience says and what I know is that whenever someone hires me, they demand me to play the anchor role the way I do in Pakistan,” he said while talking to reporters, according to Cricbuzz.
“I always assess the conditions, assess the opponent and do things like that (anchoring the innings) and sometimes it’s embarrassing because in T20 everyone knows we like sixes and they want me to score 60-70 runs off 35-45 balls, but for me To win the match,” added Rizwan.
Rizwan said, AB de Villiers is my cricket idol
Mohammad Rizwan is currently the second-ranked T20 batsman in the ICC rankings and has been consistent enough to accelerate towards the end of the innings. He also said that he is his cricket idol AB de Villiers And look closely at his performance across formats each time.
“You look at the scoreboard and see what the team can demand from you. Basically for me, my cricket idol is AB de Villiers and I watch him closely and watch his performance in Test cricket and T20 too and that’s why I try to play as per the team’s needs.
“In T20 cricket, sometimes you can go with a slower strike rate because sometimes in T20 you are in a position where they (opponents) want to take wickets. You can go slow (when you have lost a few wickets) but when the team requires you to hit long balls, you can go with speed. For me, timing is important (when to break free) and thankfully, most of the time, I am successful,” Rizwan added.