Watch: Simon Doull raises questions on Mohammad Rizwan’s batting during PSL 8

By Daniel S

March 16, 2023

After Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan has been criticized for his strike rate in T20 cricket during the ongoing PSL 8. A few weeks ago, former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull criticized Azam’s maiden century in the tournament. The former pointed out Azam taking 16 balls to take off from 80 to 100 in the game against Quetta Gladiators. The Purple Brigade, Quetta won on to win the game despite scoring 240 plus.

This led to social media abuse for the cricketer-turned-commentator, Doull. After a while, Babar and Simon met each other on the sidelines. Meanwhile, the abuse doesn’t seem to have deterred the right-arm pacer. Apparently, he has criticized Rizwan for his strike rate during the Qualifier One game of the PSL against Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars.

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The pitch was double-paced: Mohammad Rizwan

Talking about Rizwan’s batting, he scored 33 runs in 29 balls including only three fours. Doull pointed out that the Pakistani wicketkeeper batter didn’t score a boundary for 10 overs. When he got out, the team was tottering at 90/3 in 13 overs. However, former West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard (57) helped the team reach 160/5. In reply, the defending champions, Lahore was bowled out for 76.

With this win, Multan reached the final of the tournament. Meanwhile, Rizwan spoke about the wicket. He said “The ball was coming onto the bat early and we wanted to establish a platform. But the wicket looked double paced, and we needed to navigate Lahore’s bowling carefully. We initially aimed for 170, but by the 15th over, we would also have taken 145-150. But Tim David and Kieron Pollard gave us a few extra runs.”