PAK Is Mohammad Rizwan the most clutch batsman under pressure for Pakistan?

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Is Mohammad Rizwan the most clutch player for Pakistan in important games?

In the last 5 instances at international level where we have faced a knockout, he has stood head and shoulders above everyone else in the batting line up. You can say whatever you want but one thing he doesn't do is hide like the others.

He has performed with the bat 4/5 times in those situations and has made 4 Fifties, getting the only Man of The Match in the process.

This is very reminiscent to his playing career with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Peshawar Panthers but the difference was he had an entire batting unit that assisted him on the most important day.

He has scored the most runs in knockout matches and has the highest average.

Anyway, below is a list of the entire batting lineup in those games and their contribution. Make up your own mind

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Based off the stats, yes.

I know a number of people will bring up the s/r considering it is below par.

But we'll have to take into consideration 2 elements for that;

1) Batting position i,e role - Rizwan clearly has a role to bat through the innings to ensure the 'power hitters' on the other end can play with a free hand, similar to Babar's role.

2) What is taking place on the other end, a number of times Rizwan has been left stranded due to a collapse. There is 2 instances I remember where he got the support, Fakhar in the 2021 Semi v Australia and as it shows he was touching a s/r of 130 and then Ifti's knock during the Asia Cup 2022 but as Ifti's numbers prove, the superior hitter, everyone struggled with their innings. At least Rizwan just made use of his innings.
 

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Not really

T20 World Cup 2021 vs India and semi final
T20 World Cup 2022 semi final
Asia Cup 2022 vs India made a 50 iirc
Asia Cup 2023 semi final

Only big game he screwed up was the 2022 Asia cup and World Cup finals, but who didn’t?
Bowlers did the damage in most games. You can check the cricinfo MVP stats.

Against India in the Asia cup where he made a 50, Nawaz had to come and tonk the ball for us to win.

Asia cup 2023 we lost against Sri Lanka it was a good knock but surely we cant count it as a clutch knock.

He is consisent and plays in his zone but he isnt a clutch player. Far from it.

As a fan - I dont ever ever think oh Rizwan is batting he will win us the game.

That thought has never ever crossed my mind.

I doubt it crosses the mind of the opposition either.
 

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In fact Rizwans 50 in the previous asia cup final is the worst T20 innings ever in a knockout.
No it isn't, the scores from the rest of the team is there for you to see. If you think Rizwans innings is the worst one then I don't know what to say.

How is being the only one scoring a 50 going missing while people who can't even cross 10 are excused
 

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Bowlers did the damage in most games. You can check the cricinfo MVP stats.

Against India in the Asia cup where he made a 50, Nawaz had to come and tonk the ball for us to win.

Asia cup 2023 we lost against Sri Lanka it was a good knock but surely we cant count it as a clutch knock.

He is consisent and plays in his zone but he isnt a clutch player. Far from it.

As a fan - I dont ever ever think oh Rizwan is batting he will win us the game.

That thought has never ever crossed my mind.

I doubt it crosses the mind of the opposition either.
He has the highest winning run percentage of any batsman in T20 Cricket so your theory is debunked. You might not know this because his PR is nonexistent but for the pragmatic hopefully I have made a difference with these pictures. 20230906_171930.jpgRIZERTU (1).jpg
 

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I think Iftikhar has actually more clutch performances in recent times. (except the WT20 final). Rizwan has done well too
 

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He has the highest winning run percentage of any batsman in T20 Cricket so your theory is debunked. You might not know this because his PR is nonexistent but for the pragmatic hopefully I have made a difference with these pictures. View attachment 6571View attachment 6572

He has exceptional PR, has won ICC trophies and is constantly spoken about on social media.

It is a myth that he is some underrated gem, sure he is quite polarising and recieves a lot of hate too but you are just going the opposite way and showering him with a lot of praise.

Most of the runs that you mention in your chart T20 cricket come in relatively meaningless matches. This is a fact.

Your other chart has his records in domestic cricket despite the thread topic being about international cricket. It even has a random ACC emerging trophy final.

I guess I can therefore say Tayyab Tahir is the biggest match winner in Pakistan in the past year since he also performed in an ACC emerging final?

Rizwan is just a good player and thats about it.
 

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He has exceptional PR, has won ICC trophies and is constantly spoken about on social media.

It is a myth that he is some underrated gem, sure he is quite polarising and recieves a lot of hate too but you are just going the opposite way and showering him with a lot of praise.

Most of the runs that you mention in your chart T20 cricket come in relatively meaningless matches. This is a fact.

Your other chart has his records in domestic cricket despite the thread topic being about international cricket. It even has a random ACC emerging trophy final.

I guess I can therefore say Tayyab Tahir is the biggest match winner in Pakistan in the past year since he also performed in an ACC emerging final?

Rizwan is just a good player and thats about it.
Bro what are meaning less matches? In this case Bradman’s all runs are meaningless and against a couple of oppositions. Why is he considered the best to play the game? He never scored a single tournament run.
 
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Rizwan has a role in this team and he performs his role perfectly, sometimes he fails but most of the times he performs.
 
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Bro what are meaning less matches? In this case Bradman’s all runs are meaningless and against a couple of oppositions. Why is he considered the best to play the game? He never scored a single tournament run.
Matches against ** T20 teams and current bilateral cricket since the advent of leagues are mainly meaningless.

Bilaterals of the past were a big deal as were matches aginst India but its not the same nowadays.

Bradman played the Ashes which were pressure matches of his generation.

You have been watching cricket for a long time, forget the stats, what do your eyes and heart tell you?

Do you ever have the feeling when Pakistan is batting that don't worry Rizwan is still to bat/at the crease, we have a chance?

Or in a pressure situation that its ok we have Rizwan he will save us?

For me that answer is firmly no.

Now that doesn't mean I am hating him or think hes a bad player. He's good but not a clutch player.
 

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Matches against b/c T20 teams and current bilateral cricket since the advent of leagues are mainly meaningless.

Bilaterals of the past were a big deal as were matches aginst India but its not the same nowadays.

Bradman played the Ashes which were pressure matches of his generation.

You have been watching cricket for a long time, forget the stats, what do your eyes and heart tell you?

Do you ever have the feeling when Pakistan is batting that don't worry Rizwan is still to bat/at the crease, we have a chance?

Or in a pressure situation that its ok we have Rizwan he will save us?

For me that answer is firmly no.

Now that doesn't mean I am hating him or think hes a bad player. He's good but not a clutch player.
 

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He has exceptional PR, has won ICC trophies and is constantly spoken about on social media.

It is a myth that he is some underrated gem, sure he is quite polarising and recieves a lot of hate too but you are just going the opposite way and showering him with a lot of praise.

Most of the runs that you mention in your chart T20 cricket come in relatively meaningless matches. This is a fact.

Your other chart has his records in domestic cricket despite the thread topic being about international cricket. It even has a random ACC emerging trophy final.

I guess I can therefore say Tayyab Tahir is the biggest match winner in Pakistan in the past year since he also performed in an ACC emerging final?

Rizwan is just a good player and thats about it.
T20 WC 2021 - 281 Runs, Average: 70.25, 3 Fifties.
PSL 2022 - 546 Runs, Average: 68.25, 7 Fifties
Asia Cup 22 - 281 Runs, Average: 56.20, 3 Fifties
T20 WC 2022- 175 Runs, Average 25.00, 1 Fifty
PSL 2023 - 550 Runs, Average: 55.00, 4 Fifties, 1 Century
Asia Cup 2023 - 195 Runs, Average: 97.50, 2 Fifties

Mohammad Rizwan performed in every tournament since 2021 except the T20 WC 2022, but he was still the highest scorer from Pakistan and got a MOTM in the semi final.

Meaningless too I guess being our best performing batsman in every tournament we have had recently.
 

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Hands down yes.

Not only because of this innings, he levels up in big tournaments as shown by the stats.
 
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Today was the best knock played by a Pak batter in an ODI for a very long time.

Well done Rizwan. May Allah swt give you more success.
 

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Today's player of the match award given to Mohammad Rizwan is the 19th one awarded to him since he started opening the batting in T20 Cricket

[I have excluded the 2 POTM in the Global T20, as those statistics unfortunately do not count officially]

This is the most MOTM by a Pakistani cricketer in this time period and probably by any cricketer actually but I haven't checked this.

He averages 146.6 with the bat in the innings where he was player of the match with a strike rate of 147. He has hit 141 fours and 39 sixes in these matches.

The best T20 player in Pakistan by a country mile and one of the best in the world. The impact he has had in this format in such a short space of time is phenomenal. If you for some reason do not rate him then there is something seriously wrong with you.

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M rizwan bats as deep as he can either, which seems to be common now. Once the ball has stopped misbehaving, it's his time to push on. If he is still in (Saim ) for the seventh over, when the Powerplay ends , it's his job to attack that over But, he knocks it around rarely scores a boundary in the middle overs in the NZ series
 

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