Full name Mohammad Rizwan
Born June 1, 1992, Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province
Current age 26 years 358 days
Major teams Pakistan, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Pakistan A, Pakistan Under-19s, Pakistan Under-23s, Peshawar, Peshawar Panthers, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Only Test||New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Nov 25-29, 2016 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Apr 17, 2015 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Mar 31, 2019 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Apr 24, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Feb 6, 2019 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Peshawar v Abbottabad at Peshawar, Dec 28-30, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England Lions v Pakistan A at Abu Dhabi, Nov 18-21, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Peshawar Panthers v Islamabad Leopards at Peshawar, Mar 12, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Federal Areas v Balochistan at Rawalpindi, Apr 10, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Hyderabad Hawks v Peshawar Panthers at Lahore, May 26, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans at Abu Dhabi, Mar 4, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2c/1s, 76||Federal||v Balochistan||Rawalpindi||10 Apr 2019||LA|
|13, 0c/0s||Federal||v Punjab (Pak)||Rawalpindi||8 Apr 2019||LA|
|0c/0s, 22||Federal||v Sindh||Rawalpindi||6 Apr 2019||LA|
|3, 1c/0s||Federal||v Khyber||Rawalpindi||3 Apr 2019||LA|
|0c/0s, 12||Pakistan||v Australia||Dubai (DSC)||31 Mar 2019||ODI # 4120|
|0c/1s, 104||Pakistan||v Australia||Dubai (DSC)||29 Mar 2019||ODI # 4119|
|0c/0s, 0||Pakistan||v Australia||Abu Dhabi||27 Mar 2019||ODI # 4118|
|115, 0c/0s||Pakistan||v Australia||Sharjah||24 Mar 2019||ODI # 4117|
|1c/0s||Pakistan||v Australia||Sharjah||22 Mar 2019||ODI # 4116|
|0c/0s, 10||Karachi Kngs||v Sultans||Abu Dhabi||4 Mar 2019||T20|
For someone who played an international for the first time in two years in January 2019, Mohammad Rizwan is spoken of remarkably frequently. Most often, he is used as a stick to threaten current first-choice Pakistan wicketkeeper and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, but the 26-year-old from Peshawar has qualities of his own that suggest he might have been unfortunate not to play for Pakistan more often.
A limited batsman but a technically sound keeper, Rizwan made his international debut shortly after the 2015 World Cup when the slot behind the stumps was still up for grabs. He made a bright start against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, averaging nearly 60 with the bat in his first eight innings, but against more challenging opposition, his deficiencies were quickly exposed. A lengthy lean patch followed, and once he lost his place to Sarfaraz for the World T20 in 2016, there was little doubt who Pakistan's No. 1 wicketkeeper was. After the debacle at the World T20, Sarfaraz was appointed captain of the limited-overs sides, and consequently Rizwan's game time diminished further, coming to a complete halt until Sarfaaraz sat out the last five games on the tour to South Africa earlier this year serving a ban.
On the domestic circuit, Rizwan has been a prolific run-accumulator, averaging a shade under 50 in List A cricket and 41 at first-class level. He doesn't, however, seem to have the shots necessary to make him a valuable asset in T20Is, but with that being Sarfaraz's strongest suit, both as a batsman and captain, it would have been hard to dislodge him in the format at any rate.
Having made his debut over a decade ago on Pakistan's domestic circuit, Rizwan has been an ever-present participant in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, plying his trade with the hugely successful SNGPL side, helping his side to three titles in the last four years. For that, the reward of a solitary Test cap in 2016 feels somewhat inadequate.
He currently plays for the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, and having firmly cemented himself as Pakistan's back-up wicketkeeper, may yet get a chance to impress at the World Cup in England later in 2019.