“I like Suryakumar Yadav’s batting a lot, but ICC rankings not on my mind,” Mohammad Rizwan says thinking about individual stuff causes negative mindset

Mohammad Rizwan is currently the no. 1 T20I batsman in the world, while Suryakumar Yadav is at no. 2

The Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who opens the batting for Pakistan in the T20 format of the game, has praised the Indian middle order batsman Suryakumar Yadav and has said that he likes Suryakumar’s batting a lot, but Rizwan also insisted that ICC rankings are not on his mind.


Mohammad Rizwan was talking to the media after Pakistan secured their first win in the ongoing T20 tri-series in New Zealand. When he was asked about his opinion on Suryakumar Yadav who is not too far away from him in ICC T20I batting rankings, Rizwan said when players think about rankings or the man of the match awards, it takes them to a negative direction.

Rizwan is currently the no. 1 T20I batsman in the world in ICC rankings, while Suryakumar Yadav is at no. 2. Both have scored a lot of runs in the shortest format of the game in the recent past and Suryakumar was one of the main reasons why India beat both Australia and South Africa at home after the Asia Cup.


Mohammad Rizwan has also continued his rich run of form in the New Zealand tri-series and scored a fifty in the very first game of the series against Bangladesh. According to Rizwan, he never thought about the no. 1 ranking when he started his T20 career. He just tried and did the job that the team management gave him and till date, he continues to do so.

Top order batting is different from middle order batting: Mohammad Rizwan

Stating further on his comparison to Suryakumar Yadav, Rizwan said that top order batting and middle order batting are two different things and people should keep that in mind. However, Suryakumar is a very good player.


Suryakumar Yadav has also opened the batting in T20 internationals on a few occasions, but he is generally a no. 4 batsman for India.


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