Mohammad Rizwan belongs to the Pashtun family and was born on 1 June 1992. Rizwan is a Pakistani international cricketer who has represented Pakistan in international cricket since 2015. He is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper who has scored centuries in all three international formats: Tests, One Day Internationals, and Twenty20 Internationals. He is the vice-captain of the Pakistan cricket team in Test cricket.
He played for Lahore Qalandars from 2016 to 2017, from 2018 to 2020 for Karachi Kings, and currently plays and captains Multan Sultans in Pakistan Super League. He captains Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in domestic cricket.
Muhammad Rizwan Personal information
Full name: Mohammad Rizwan
Born: 1 June 1992 (age 29) Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Height: 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Role: Wicketkeeper, batsman
Competition: Test ODI T20I FC
Matches: 15 41 39 95
Runs scored: 820 864 1,019 5,243
Batting average: 43.15 28.80 48.52 43.69
100s/50s: 1/6 2/4 1/8 11/27
Top score: 115* 115 104* 224
Catches/stumpings: 37/1 37/1 18/6 264/16
Playing for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 2014–15, Mohammad Rizwan scored 224 to help Sui Northern to a 301-run first-innings lead and their second title. He kept a wicket for Pakistan A in the five limited-overs matches against Kenya in December 2014.
In April 2018, he was named the vice-captain of Punjab’s squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup. On 1 May 2018, he scored his highest total in List A cricket, with 140 off 123 balls against Federal Areas. In March 2019, he was named as the captain of the Federal Areas squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.
In September 2019, Mohammad Rizwan was named as the captain of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament. In October 2019, he was named the player of the tournament in the 2019–20 National T20 Cup, for scoring 215 runs and taking six wickets.
He was retained by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the 2020–21 domestic season, both as player and captain of the team.
In February 2021, Multan Sultans announced Rizwan as their captain replacing Shan Masood ahead of PSL 6.
In June 2021, Rizwan led his team Multan Sultans to their first PSL title and was awarded Wicket-Keeper of the Tournament.
Mohammad Rizwan made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Pakistan against Bangladesh in April 2015, scoring 67 runs off 58 balls. He made his Twenty20 International debut for Pakistan in the same series. He made his Test debut for Pakistan against New Zealand on 25 November 2016. He was out for a golden duck in his maiden Test innings.
In August 2018 he was one of 33 players awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He captained Pakistan’s team in the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup. Pakistan reached the semi-finals. In March 2019, during the second ODI against Australia, Rizwan scored his first century in an ODI match, making 115 runs.
In November 2019, Rizwan was recalled to the Pakistan team against Sri Lanka. He was also selected against Australia, where in the first innings of the First Test it was debated as to whether he was given out on a no-ball. In the second innings, he made 95.
In June 2020, he was named in a 29-man squad for Pakistan’s tour to England during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, on 23 June 2020, Mohammad Rizwan was one of seven players from Pakistan’s squad to test positive for COVID-19. In July, he was shortlisted in Pakistan’s 20-man squad for the Test matches against England. He had an excellent Test series, both with the bat and gloves, managing to score 161 runs with two-half centuries, therefore, cementing his place as first choice wicket-keeper in Test matches, above the returning former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. He was named as Pakistan’s player in the Test series.
In December 2020, Rizwan was named as the captain of Pakistan’s Test side for the first match against New Zealand. He replaced Babar Azam after he was ruled out due to an earlier injury. In the same tour, he was also added to Pakistan’s T20I squad against New Zealand. In the 3rd T20I of the series against New Zealand, Rizwan scored his career-best T20I score of 89 to give Pakistan a win and saved them from getting white-washed by New Zealand.
In February 2021, in Pakistan’s series against South Africa, Mohammad Rizwan scored his first century in Test cricket, with an unbeaten 115 as he was awarded the player of the series. In February 2021, in Pakistan’s series against South Africa, Rizwan scored his first century in T20I cricket, with an unbeaten 104 including 6 boundaries and 7 sixes. He also became the first wicketkeeper-batsman for Pakistan to score a century in T20I cricket and became only the second wicketkeeper-batsman after Brendon McCullum to score centuries in all three formats of international cricket. He also became only the second Pakistani batsman to score a century in T20I cricket after Ahmed Shehzad and also became the fifth designated wicketkeeper-batsman to notch a T20I century.
In April 2021, during the third T20I between Pakistan and South Africa, he along with Babar Azam made 197 run partnership for the opening wicket which is also the highest partnership recorded by a pair for Pakistan for any wicket in T20I cricket. It is also the highest ever partnership for any wicket by a pair in T20I cricket while chasing.