T20 World Cup 2021: Mohammad Rizwan precisely executed his rehearsed shots during historic knock against India

T20 World Cup 2021: Mohammad Rizwan precisely executed his rehearsed shots during historic knock against India

Rizwan remained unbeaten on 79 off 55 deliveries and his efforts won’t be forgotten for a long time.

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

24 October 2021 will go down as a historic day in Pakistan cricket as on this date, they defeated India for the very first time in a World Cup clash. Before this encounter, the head-to-head record between India and Pakistan in World Cup events was 12-0 in favour of the Men in Blue. However, the Babar Azam-led side put up a clinical show and brought an end to a long-running losing streak.

One of the chief architects of Pakistan’s triumph was wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan. While Rizwan was brilliant with his glovework, his batting blitzes knocked India out of the contest. Chasing 152 on a challenging Dubai track, Rizwan opened the innings alongside skipper Babar Azam and the duo tormented India bowlers. The duo added 152 runs for the first wicket as the Men in Green recorded a 10-wicket triumph.

Rizwan remained unbeaten on 79 off 55 deliveries and his efforts won’t be forgotten for a long time. Interestingly, Rizwan had already planned what shots he’s going to play before the clash. In a video shared by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the 29-year-old can be seen shadow batting ahead of the clash. While gearing up, Rizwan rehearsed many shots like drive, pull, and slog sweep. Interestingly, he played all these shots during the course of his match-winning knock. Rizwan’s brilliance was aptly defined by the caption of the clip.

Mohammad Rizwan’s masterpiece started before a ball was bowled

“Dream. Visualise. Execute. Mohammad Rizwan’s masterpiece started before a ball was bowled #T20WorldCup #INDvPAK,” ICC wrote while sharing the clip. The video went viral in no time as fans were impressed seeing how Rizwan precisely executes his planned shots during the game.

Meanwhile, skipper Babar Azam also played a handy 65-run knock to take his side over the line. Among the bowlers, Shaheen Afridi was Pakistan’s star performer as he took three wickets and bagged the Player-of-the-Match award. Azam was a pleased man after the match as he credited the whole team for scripting history in Dubai. “This was the team’s effort, and the early wickets were very helpful. It gave us a lot of confidence and our spinners were very good as well. We applied our plans and got the results,” Babar said after the match.