England vs Pakistan: Sanjay Manjrekar Labels Mohammad Rizwan As An ‘All-Weather’ Batsman

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar hailed the Pakistani cricketer — Mohammad Rizwan for his breezy innings in the second Test against England in Southampton. After Babar Azam lost his wicket for 47 runs, Pakistan lower-middle order lost consecutive wickets then the wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan speed up his innings. The visitors were at 176 for eight after Shaheen Afridi lost his wicket and it was looking that they would not even touch 200 runs mark. But Rizwan kept ticking the scoreboard. He stitched up the 39-run partnership with Mohammad Abbas and completed his half-century. The rain-curtailed second day ended with Pakistan at 223 for

England vs Pakistan: Sanjay Manjrekar Labels Mohammad Rizwan As An ‘All-Weather’ Batsman

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar hailed the Pakistani cricketer — Mohammad Rizwan for his breezy innings in the second Test against England in Southampton.

After lost his wicket for 47 runs, Pakistan lower-middle order lost consecutive wickets then the wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan speed up his innings. The visitors were at 176 for eight after Shaheen Afridi lost his wicket and it was looking that they would not even touch 200 runs mark.

But Rizwan kept ticking the scoreboard. He stitched up the 39-run partnership with Mohammad Abbas and completed his half-century. The rain-curtailed second day ended with Pakistan at 223 for nine and Rizwan still at the crease with unbeaten 60 runs.

Sanjay Manjrekar heaps praise on Mohammad Rizwan

Mohammad Rizwan,
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Taking the Twitter, Manjrekar to heap praise on the Pakistan batsman’s batting technique. He labelled the wicketkeeper as an ‘all-weather’ batsman because Rizwan could play in all the situations.

“This Mohd Rizwan can bat! He can drive well off the front foot & at the same time play the pull & the cut superbly. This makes him an ‘all-weather’ batsman. No wonder his top 3 scores in Tests so far have come in Aus and Eng,” Manjrekar tweeted

Although Pakistan is not in a good position with 223 for nine at stumps on day two, the Pakistan batsman —Mohammad Rizwan is confident that his side is capable of winning the second Test being played in Southampton. 

Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan tour of England
Mohammad Rizwan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier the day, in an interview, the batsman said that pitch is difficult to tackle. He even said that it was the first time in his career that he experienced such a pitch. Thus, the wicketkeeper-batsman is assured that the hosts England would also find the batting a bit difficult.

“They were difficult conditions, not too dissimilar to some of the wickets in the north in Pakistan,” Rizwan said. “Places like Abbottabad and Peshawar, particularly. But this was the first time in my career I saw the ball seam after 75 overs, right until they took the new ball. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’ll be very difficult for England, too. They won’t find batting easy.”

Meanwhile, as of now, the start third day of the second Test match has been delayed because of wet weather.

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Shoaib Akhtar Says Indian Tailenders Requested Him To Dismiss Them Rather Hurting

Shoaib Akhtar, former Pakistan speedster, popularly known as ‘Rawalpindi Express’ has mentioned that Indian bowlers who batted lower down the order requested him to dismiss them rather getting hurt by facing his bouncers or beamers apart from revealing that teammate Mohammad Yousuf wanted him to break Muttiah Muralitharan’s fingers and mentioning that Matthew Maynard was the batsman to suffer the most grievous injury off his bowling. Muttiah Muralitharan who has 800 wickets in Tests and is the leading wicket-taker in Tests also requested Shoaib Akhtar not to hurl quick deliveries at him. Shoaib Akhtar, who played for Worcester in England’s

Shoaib Akhtar Says Indian Tailenders Requested Him To Dismiss Them Rather Hurting

Shoaib Akhtar, former Pakistan speedster, popularly known as ‘Rawalpindi Express’ has mentioned that Indian bowlers who batted lower down the order requested him to dismiss them rather getting hurt by facing his bouncers or beamers apart from revealing that teammate Mohammad Yousuf wanted him to break Muttiah Muralitharan’s fingers and mentioning that Matthew Maynard was the batsman to suffer the most grievous injury off his bowling.

who has 800 wickets in Tests and is the leading wicket-taker in Tests also requested Shoaib Akhtar not to hurl quick deliveries at him. Shoaib Akhtar, who played for Worcester in England’s county cricket hit Glamorgan’s Matthew Maynard on his lower jaw as the batsman fell on his stumps. Right away, Shoaib Akhtar was worried whether the injury was a fatal one.

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Shoaib Akhtar Feared Whether Glamorgan’s Matthew Maynard Die From Injury

Shoaib Akhtar talked about his cricketing career during an interaction with Sawera Pasha on the YouTube show Cric Cast where he mentioned that he injured a lot of players while playing for Worcester, but Matthew Maynard suffered the most and Shoaib Akhtar feared whether he would die from injury.

“In county cricket while I was playing for Worcester, a lot of players got him by my ball when I thought Oh God I have done something wrong. But I don’t know why I was so mean.

“There was one occasion when Matthew Maynard, a batsman playing for Glamorgan, I told him that let’s go out as it was getting darker since it was not comfortable to face my pace. But he told that he will face me.

“So, I went round the wicket and bowled him a quick bouncer and the situation was little dull, that hit him on the jaw and he fell on the wickets. I felt that he might die, he was flattened on the ground, he was in a lot of pain. He fell on the wicket and was out as well,” Akhtar said.

Matthew Maynard played in 4 tests and 14 one-dayers where he failed miserably with the bat although scoring more than 24,799 runs in 395 first-class matches at an average of 42.53 besides 59 centuries. Matthew Maynard played for Glamorgan from 1985 to 2005.

Shoaib Akhtar also regretted when people were hit by his beamer or bouncer. Shoaib Akhtar terrorized batsmen across the world and is believed to get most batsmen retired hurt off his bowling.

“I felt bad but every time I used to hit people, I used to feel that this shouldn’t have happened,” he said.

The 45-year-old also referred an occasion where he hit Gary Kirsten below eye despite warning him not to attempt playing a hook shot off his bowling.

Gary Kirsten
Gary Kirsten Showing Injury. Image Credits: Twitter

“I had warned Gary Kirsten as well, asking him not to hook me. I told him not to do it as a 36-year-old to the fastest bowler. He also got hit very hard. Whenever he meets me, he shows the mark under his eyes as a souvenir from my side,” Akhtar remarked.

Gary Kirsten was the first to notice Shoaib Akhtar during a 1994/1995 series at nets but Shoaib Akhtar arrived on the international scene only in 1997.

Shoaib Akhtar: Muttiah Muralitharan Moved Away From Stumps

Shoaib Akhtar responded when asked if any batsmen asked him to bowl gently and named Muttiah Muralitharan and Indian tail-enders amongst the feared ones.

“There were lot of batsmen like that. Muralitharan was there, lot of players from India, all tail-enders. They used to ask me to get them out but not hit them as it would hit them hard. They used to say that they have wife and kids and that their parents wouldn’t like it.”

Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, an off-spinner asked him to bowl slowly and even moved away from stumps to get out bowled.

“Muralitharan used to tell me to bowl slowly and he would move away from the stumps. He used to get out very easily.”

Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mohammad Yousuf, however, advised Shoaib Akhtar to break Muttiah Muralitharan’s fingers as he faced difficulty in judging the spin wizard’s ball.

“Yousuf used to ask me to hit him, to break his fingers as he couldn’t play him. I had bowled a couple of bouncers to Murali and he told me not to do it else he will die. He told that he was very fragile. So I used to feel shy but Yousuf wanted me to hit him,” he stated.

Shoaib Akhtar is the first bowler to record a top speed of 100 miles per hour and represented from 1997 to 2011 claiming 178 wickets of 46 tests and 247 wickets in 163 one-dayers averaging less than 26.

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