Rizwan wants concentration like Pujara

London, May 11 (PTI) Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan wants the same concentration as his county teammate Cheteshwar Pujara to improve his game in long-term cricket.

Pujara has made a strong claim to return to the Test side by scoring two hundreds and as many double hundreds while playing for Sussex in County Championship Division II.

Pujara and Rizwan shared a 154-run stand against Durham earlier this month. Positive comments have also been seen in social media for both of them playing from the same team.

Rizwan, who was named the ICC Player of the Year in 2021, has been keeping Pakistan’s Younis Khan and Fawad Alam in a special category in terms of batting with unwavering concentration, but now he has also included Pujara in this list.

Rizwan told Cricwick, “As far as I and Pujara are concerned, I didn’t find anything strange (in the context of the India-Pakistan rivalry). If you ask him, I hope his answer will be the same. I interact a lot with him, harass him and everyone in the team knows that.

Praising Pujara, Rizwan said, “He is a very nice and lovely person. His ability to concentrate and concentrate is amazing. If you get a chance to learn something from him, you should learn it.

He said, “I also told the coach here about concentration. The players I have found toppers in terms of concentration throughout my career include Younis bhai, Fawad Alam and he (Pujara).

Rizwan said, “Poojara is second on my list and Fawad Alam is third in terms of concentration and focus. I rate these three players first in this matter. ,

Regularly playing limited overs cricket can affect batting in the longer format and Rizwan said Pujara’s advice helped him in this.

Rizwan said, “There comes a time when your concentration level starts decreasing. I will try to find out how these three players bat with such intense focus and concentration. I keep talking to Younis bhai, but I haven’t been able to talk much to Fawad recently.

He said, “When I got out early, I spoke with Pujara. He told me a few things like playing close to the body. As everyone knows, we are playing limited overs cricket continuously in which we don’t play too close to our body as the ball doesn’t swing or seam much.