Mohammad Rizwan isn’t bothered by “form” in PSL 2023
Mohammad Rizwan, the captain of the Multan Sultans and Pakistan’s best wicketkeeper-batsman, has said that he doesn’t care about being in good form. For him, the only thing that matters is hard work, and he keeps doing that.
In an exclusive interview with Geo News at the Sultans’ first training session in Karachi, the top-order batter talked about the team’s start in the current Pakistan Super League (PSL), his batting, and the competition in the tournament.
“I don’t know what form means, and I don’t want to find out either. Rizwan said, “The only thing I know and understand is how to work hard, so that’s what I do. Hard work is the only way to get to the top, and it always pays off when you work hard.”
“If you’re playing against someone else, you should work harder than he does. “If you want to be the best, you have to work harder than everyone else, and that doesn’t just mean on the field. You have to be disciplined in your life off the field, too,” said the wicketkeeper-batsman for Pakistan.
He also said that the real reason his batting has changed in the last three years is because he has moved from the middle of the lineup to the top.
Rizwan said, in response to a question, that he still does the same shadow practise that went viral during the T20 World Cup 2021.
He said, “I do everything I can to improve my game.”
Rizwan said that he respects all the players on the field, but he has also challenged everyone who is playing against him. But he stressed that everyone should be humble.
“When you get something, you shouldn’t act like you’re better than everyone else. It’s important to stay humble, as our religion also teaches us,” he said.
“I try to stay humble, but if someone is rude to me, I can sometimes be just as rude back,” he said.
When asked about Sultan’s start in the PSL, the captain said he was happy with how his team played and couldn’t ask for more as a captain.
Multan is on top of the points table because they have won four of their five games in the tournament.
“What else can I ask of this team? They’re off to a great start, the players are getting along well, and they’re doing more than I ask of them,” he said.
“It’s not that we’ve won all of our games by a wide margin. All of them were close, except for our game against Quetta, where Ihsanullah’s unplayable bowling in one spell made the difference,” he said.
Rizwan said that it’s hard for him to keep his cool when things are tight, so when that happens, he tries to act bravely and let Allah decide what will happen.
Rizwan said, “When Abbas was hit for a six off a no-ball to start the last over against Karachi Kings, I went up to him and told him he could become a hero if he could stop these runs.”
He liked how competitive the PSL was and said that all the teams were well-balanced and that any team could still gain momentum and win.
He said, “This is why the PSL is the best league in the world.”
The captain of the Sultans also said that the team misses Shahnawaz Dahani and prayed for him to get better quickly.
“Dahani is a different kind of person. No matter what’s going on, he’s never stressed. We talk to him, and before our last game, we talked to him on a video call. Rizwan said, “I hope he gets well soon and comes back with a bang.”
The wicketkeeper-batsman said that he has goals for each tournament, but he didn’t say what those goals were for the PSL8.
“I don’t tell anyone what my plans and goals are,” he said in the end.
On Sunday, Rizwan will lead Multan Sultans against Karachi Kings at National Stadium.