Recovered Rizwan Looks More Glory in Bangladesh – Journal

DHAKA: Pakistani Asif Ali catches the ball during training session at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday. — AFP

DHAKA: Pakistani wicket keeper / batsman Mohammad Rizwan said on Monday he was feeling well after a period of intensive care for a lung infection and would start training for a series in Bangladesh.

Rizwan made a miraculous recovery last week after two days in hospital to achieve a stellar performance at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where he scored the highest score with 67 in the semi-finals against the Australia.

Read: ‘Massive respect’: Rizwan the ‘warrior’ rose from ICU to half a century in Pak vs Aus semi-final

He finished the tournament with 281 points, third among all batsmen, although he missed the final after Pakistan’s heartbreaking five-wicket loss to future winners in Dubai.

His exploits in the tournament brought his total to 1,033 in 2021, making him the first man to score more than 1,000 points in a calendar year in Twenty20 Internationals.

“I’m happy to have scored the most points in the calendar year. But I am more delighted to have been able to achieve this record for my country, ”Rizwan told reporters in Dhaka.

Rizwan, who scored 1,743 points in all of the Twenty20s in 2021, also a calendar year record, now has the chance to add a few more points to his tally as Pakistan face Bangladesh in a three-game series starting Friday in Dhaka.

He struggled in the early years of his T20 International career averaging just four points in 2016 and 14.80 in 2019.

But he showed promise in 2020 by scoring his first fifty against New Zealand in December before realizing his full potential this year.

The second and third T20 Internationals against Bangladesh will take place on November 20-22, also in Dhaka.

The matches will be day and night matches, with fans returning to the gallery in Bangladesh for the first time since March 2020.

Posted in Dawn, le 16 November 2021

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