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Mohammad Rizwan
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Mohammad Rizwan

Pakistan|wicketkeeper batsman
Mohammad Rizwan

INTL CAREER: 2015 - 2021

Full Name

Mohammad Rizwan

Born

June 01, 1992, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Age

28y 316d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batsman

TEAMS

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 27-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 when he first rose through the ranks, 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 Sarfaraz sat out the last five games on the tour to South Africa in January 2019 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 has firmly cemented himself as Pakistan's back-up wicketkeeper. At 27, with his best years arguably ahead of him, the dominant narrative of Rizwan's career is probably still to be written.

Danyal Rasool

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test13203754115*44.35145251.9216911321
ODI3834777211528.5990885.0223656341
T20I31236584104*34.35474123.2135717125
FC9314123517722443.87973153.211276251225916
List A137126334405141*47.36496188.7911213844812717
T20129103292597104*35.092111123.02116245667431
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test13------------
ODI38------------
T20I31------------
FC931122513142/102/1032.753.4956.20000
List A137------------
T201291122211/221/2222.0011.0012.00000
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Mohammad Rizwan and Hasan Ali celebrate after completing the win
Mohammad Rizwan targets the midwicket boundary
Mohammad Rizwan hits in the air
Quinton de Kock appeals unsuccessfully for an lbw against Fakhar Zaman
Mohammad Rizwan fell to Anrich Nortje in a fiery spell
Shadab Khan and Mohammad Rizwan run between the wickets as Andile Phehlukwayo looks on