Ramiz Raja questioned the objective behind relinquishing Babar and Rizwan opening pair. “So much pressure was created to break the opening pair of Babar and Rizwan,” Raja went on to say.
Ramiz Raja, former Pakistan cricketer and PCB head, expressed severe displeasure of the decision to break the world recognized opening tandem of Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan, and questioned the selectors about the supposed benefits following Pakistan’s T20I series loss to New Zealand. Pakistan trail 3-0 in the series, and the opening pair of Saim Ayub and Mohammed Rizwan an experiment.
However, the tandem struggled to provide consistent performances. With a remarkable track record, Babar and Rizwan have the most T20I runs as a duo, amassing 2,779 runs at an amazing average of 48.75, including nine century and eleven fifty-run partnerships. Raja’s criticism highlights the strategic error that hampered Pakistan’s performance in the series.
“So much pressure was applied to break the opening duo of Babar and Rizwan. After breaking the opening partnership, which judge using the strike rate. When you bring in new players, they may do well in leagues, but international cricket is a different beast, with pressure and the entire world’s attention on you. “You broke the world’s most famous opening pair,” Raja stated on his YouTube channel.
“Either you have a workshop of trained openers behind you that are gradually being introduced, or you have no other options. It takes time to create an opening pair. This is not an easy task. So, if you have a pair and they constantly keep you on the field during matches, what advantage did you gain by breaking it?” he added.
Rampant New Zealand bulldozes Pakistan in fourth T20I
New Zealand reinforced their dominance against Pakistan in the fourth T20I, winning comfortably in Christchurch. Acting captain Mitchell Santner won the toss and chose to field. Despite Mohammad Rizwan’s tenacious undefeated innings of 90, Pakistan scored 158/5 on a difficult pitch.
New Zealand experienced an early scare, losing three wickets in a row, but Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell forged an unbeaten stand of 139 runs for the fourth wicket, pushing the Kiwis to a commanding 4-0 lead in the series. The outstanding performance demonstrated New Zealand’s strength and depth in the T20 squad.