Abid Ali becomes wicketkeeper after Mohammad Rizwan’s injury:
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan got injured after facing Jhye Richardson in Pakistan’s 1st innings on Day 2 of the practice match of Pakistan vs Australia A at Perth. Mohammad Rizwan got hit on his glove while facing the pacer Jhye Richardson. The ball was then caught by Joe Burns which was also the cause for Rizwan’s dismissal after scoring 6 runs from 22 deliveries.
Rizwan has to go!
Struck on the hand again and the ball pops up to Burns in the cordon.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 12, 2019
Mohammad Rizwan still came to keep the wickets in Australia A’s innings but after getting hit a couple of times on his fingers, he gave up on it and Abid Ali picked up the gloves in his stead.
Pakistan scored 428 runs in their first innings, owing to Asad Shafiq’s 119 and Babar Azam’s 157 runs. Pakistan then dismissed Australia A for just 122 runs. Imran Khan’s 5-wicket haul for 32 runs played a vital role in bringing Australia A down on a low total. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Iftikhar Ahmed took 2 wickets each while Yasir shah got 1 for 24 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan’s injury and the fans’ reaction:
Many Pakistani fans turned to social media, questioning Mohammad Rizwan’s abilities and wanting him to take his ‘time’ to recover because of his consistent poor form in the past few matches in all formats of the game, and also because he replaced their favorite wicketkeeper and former captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Rizwan has played 32 ODIs while scoring more than 700 runs with an average of 33.57. He took part in 16 T20Is and scored 180 runs with an average of 16.36. He scored 45 runs in the recent 3-match T20I series against Australia.
Despite his current form and the fans’ views about him, we wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in action as soon as possible.