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Mohammad Rizwan not happy with batting at number 5

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  • Rizwan not content with batting at number five in ODI cricket
  • Former cricketers suggest Rizwan should bat at number four
  • Pakistan team leads 2-0 in the ODI series against New Zealand

Mohammad Rizwan, the wicket-keeper batter, has expressed his reservations about batting at number five in ODI cricket. Rizwan was positioned at number five during the ongoing home series against New Zealand, which sparked debate, despite his strong performance of scoring 96 runs in the two matches played so far. Former cricketers, including Rashid Latif, have recommended that Pakistan’s team management should position Rizwan at number four.

At a press conference in Karachi, ahead of the third match of the five-match series scheduled on May 3, Rizwan discussed this matter. “I am personally dissatisfied with batting at number five. I aspire to play at number four, but ultimately, it is up to the captain and the coach to make the final call, and we must respect it,” he stated. “I haven’t voiced my concerns to anyone, and it is not always feasible for a player to get what they want,” he added.

Rizwan’s statistics in ODI cricket show that he has scored 742 runs at an average of 43.85 in 20 innings while batting at number four. The experienced batter and Babar Azam have often faced heavy criticism for their approach to batting, particularly in T20Is. They are considered one of Pakistan’s most successful opening pairs in recent times.

Rizwan acknowledged the critics and their opinions, saying, “I salute the critics, and it is excellent if they are thinking about Pakistan because constructive criticism will elevate our game.” He continued, “We are going to the World Cup this year, and it’s not just about the 20 players, but it also involves everyone, including the media. International cricket is all about pressure, and we are accustomed to dealing with it.”

Pakistan’s team has taken a 2-0 lead in the ODI series after winning the first two matches in Rawalpindi. The final three ODIs will take place in Karachi on May 3, 5, and 7.

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