‘We are human too’: Pakistan star slams critics in impassioned defense of team

In the Tri-Series opener, Rizwan hit an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan beat Bangladesh.© AFP

Pakistani wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan struck another winner at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday as Babar Azam’s side beat Bangladesh in the first T20I of the 21-run Tri-Series. While Rizwan, who is currently the world’s top-ranked T20I batter, continued his rich streak of form, Pakistan’s middle order concerns remained intact as the team dropped a string of wickets following the sacking of captain Babar.

While Rizwan’s tapping and some good efforts from the bowlers saved the day for Pakistan, the middle tier batters were under scrutiny again.

However, Rizwan defended the players, adding that everyone is doing their best.

“We’re not here to answer anyone. We get our work done by playing cricket. To those who ask questions when thinking of the benefits of Pakistan, we salute them. We also think positively for Pakistan and we feel that they care about that for the team as well. We try, as players and even as team managers, to focus on our weaknesses and work on them. We are human too. And I think we’ve made some improvements to them as well,” Rizwan said in a post-game press conference.

In the tri-series opener, Rizwan went 78 unbeaten as Pakistan went 167-5 before limiting his opponents to 146-8.

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It was the opening game of a week-long tournament also involving hosts New Zealand. All three teams are preparing for the T20 World Championship in Australia.

Pakistan now meets New Zealand on Saturday 8 October.

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