Ramiz Raja, the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has praised Multan Sultans' captain Mohammad Rizwan after his outstanding performance against Karachi Kings in the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Rizwan, who had scored three half-centuries in four matches before this game, finally hit his first century by smashing 110 runs off just 64 balls. Raja said in a video on his official YouTube channel, Raja Speaks, that Rizwan's batting had variety, elegance, and class, and he was a modern-day great. Raja also said that Rizwan's consistency was a big thing in T20 cricket.
Raja also highlighted the importance of Ihsanullah, the new ball bowler, and opener Mohammad Rizwan, who are in top form for Multan Sultans. He added that when the opener and the new ball bowler are in good form, it becomes nearly impossible to lose because these two are an integral part of the team.
Regarding James Vince's run-out, Raja said that Haider Ali is a young player who will become more mature with experience. He added that being out of form can also affect running between the wickets, as the player's mind is not focused on the present. Raja also believed that if Haider had sacrificed his own wicket to allow Vince to stay at the crease, Karachi would've won the match.
Multan Sultans posted a massive target of 197 before restricting the Kings to 193-5 in 20 overs, thanks to Mohammad Rizwan's sensational century and a great display by the bowlers in the death overs. In a thrilling contest, Abbas Afridi defended 22 runs in the last over to help his side win the match. Despite Imad Wasim's best efforts with a score of 46 off 26 balls, Karachi Kings couldn't chase down the target.
Multan Sultans had lost their PSL opener against defending champions Lahore Qalandars on February 13. Still, they have secured four consecutive wins in their next four matches and are currently sitting at the top of the league table. The Rizwan-led side will play their next match against Karachi Kings in their sixth match at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi on Sunday, February 26.