‘I don’t care about my critics’ says Mohammad Rizwan


Southampton: Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, after showing a fighting display with the bat on Day 2 of the second Test against England, has cleared that he isn’t aware of the people who criticize him.

He scored fighting 60 not-out to drive Pakistan to post 223-9 before bad light ended day 2. “I don’t care about my critics. I don’t listen to any of them. I see the cricket ground in front of my eyes and I know what I have to do. I work hard and leave the rest up to God,” Rizwan told reporters.

“I don’t even read the news or watch TV. I keep working hard and hope that what I’m doing produces results. I try my best and that’s all I know,” he added.

The 28-year-old is satisfied with the position of the team in the second Test and is expecting bowlers to bowl the same as they did in Manchester Test.

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“We have fought back and our position is decent. If we add 30-40 runs, we have lots of chances. Even if we don’t, and get them out within our own score, the match is on,” Rizwan added.

“Our bowlers did a very good job in Manchester. We expect them to repeat that here, given the ball seamed all the time for England. We expect to contain them within our total,” he maintained.

Rizwan identified that he is not used to bat with the tailenders as he bats up the order in domestic cricket and it is a kind of learning process for him.

“This was a new experience for me. When I play domestic cricket, I bat in the top five, batting with the tail was a learning process for me. I spoke to Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, and they gave me plenty of advice on how to play.”

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