‘People attacked me’: Wasim Akram reveals he faced online hate following Rizwan verdict | locust
Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan ended his 2022 Asian Cup campaign as top scorer after overtaking Virat Kohli, who netted his 71st international against Afghanistan in India’s final ‘Super 4’ game Thursday. Rizwan, who was 50 points short of Kohli’s 276-point tally, hit 55 on 49 balls against Sri Lanka in the final, albeit in a losing cause. Sri Lanka were crowned Asian Cup champions for the sixth time after Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s unbeaten 71 and Wanindu Hasaranga’s comprehensive display took them to a 23-point win on Sunday.
Hasaranga took three wickets in one and Pramod Madushan took a career-best 4-34 to beat Pakistan for 147 in Dubai. Pakistan lost skipper Babar Azam for just 5 and Fakhar Zaman perished for nothing. Rizwan combined with Iftikhar (32) to restart the innings, but even wickets derailed Pakistan’s pursuit.
Rizwan was Pakistan’s top scorer but his slow approach failed to impress many former players, including Wasim Akram, who launched a blistering attack on the wicketkeeper. The bowling great has revealed he was slammed by online trolls when he criticized Rizwan’s performance against Hong Kong. The 30-year-old had scored 78 out of 57 in the group stage match.
“At the start of the tournament, I said the fly-half would not be wrong but would struggle in matches like these. That’s exactly what happened today,” Akram told the host broadcaster. . Featured Sports after the final.
“I’m very skeptical about ‘anchoring’ in T20 cricket. It’s overrated because you have 10 wickets and 20 overs. I like India’s new model and Sri Lanka had no one who was playing the anchor. It’s unfair to pick a guy, but he (Rizwan) is a blatant example of Pakistan’s approach. You can’t have Rizwan batting at 104 strike rate on 16th when you chase 171,” Sanjay Manjrekar said in response.
Akram added – “He (Rizwan) had done the same against Hong Kong if you remember. I criticized him, which was a healthy criticism. And people attacked me on social media. Pakistanis have Said I don’t support Rizwan. If you want my opinion, I’ll give you the right and straight forward opinion. I’m not the guy who will lie about what I see. Black is black and white is white to me.
Rizwan reached his fiftieth birthday with a six from Chamika Karunaratne but quickly fell to Hasaranga, who sparked Pakistan’s late collapse. Chamika Karunaratne took out Haris Rauf on the last ball to spark celebrations in the Sri Lankan side.
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