KARACHI: Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar heaped praise on Mohammad Rizwan for cementing his spot in the national team unlike former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Speaking at PTV Sports, Akhtar said Rizwan made the most of every single opportunity which led to his rise in international cricket.
“Rizwan made the most of every opportunity he got to bat in the top order. He performed in international cricket, then in franchise cricket to prove his mettle and cement his position unlike Sarfaraz who realized the importance of batting in top order after three years,” he said.
The cricketer-turned-analyst said Rizwan’s performance has had forced the team management to drop an opener. “Rizwan made a point that he is ready as an opener and now the team management has to drop one of the other openers,” he pointed out.
It must be noted here that Rizwan scored a century against South Africa in T20I to become the second Pakistani batter to score a century in all three formats. He scored a Test and T20I hundred within a week to cement his permanent position in all three formats of the game.