Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batter, would prefer to bat at number four in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), but the coach and captain have the last say.
At a news conference on Monday in Karachi, the wicketkeeper-batsman stated that he is willing to give up his preferred batting position for the benefit of the team.
If you want the truth, I’d say I prefer to bat at number four and am not satisfied batting at number five [in ODIs]. However, it makes no difference if I get what I want. Coach and captain are free to do whatever they want. I voluntarily want to bat fourth. But I haven’t complained to anyone. I’ve been making sacrifices for the past 15 or 16 years without complaining. We are ready to follow the captain and coach’s directions, said Rizwan.
He asserted that if you ask Babar Azam (the top batter) to bat at the position Iftikhar Ahmad now holds, you will not get him.
Rizwan batted at position five in both NZ series games, producing unbroken innings that helped the team win. Rizwan backed up his immaculate 42-run performance from 34 balls the previous game with a blazing 54-run performance off 41 pitches.
Rizwan, a wicketkeeper-batsman, had a successful career at number four, scoring 742 runs in 20 innings at an average of 43.64. The 30-year-old has five fifty-plus scores and two centuries while batting at the same location.