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Rizwan fails to excel on the big stage

Sarfaraz Ahmed was abruptly removed as Pakistan’s captain across formats following a 0-3 whitewash against Sri Lanka in Lahore. Consequently, he also lost his spot in the squads announced for the Australia tour with Mohammad Rizwan replacing him to perform wicketkeeping duties.

While Rizwan’s performance behind the stumps has been satisfactory in the three T20Is against Australia, he has flopped with the bat in hand. 

Rizwan, who made his international debut in 2015, could manage a total of 45 runs in the three games at a dismal strike rate of 90.

Coming into bat at the No. 4 slot, the 27-year-old looked out of sorts as he could not get the timing right in his shots and failed to clear the boundary line. He was often guilty of playing a lot of dot deliveries that added pressure on his batting partners on the other end.