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Usman Khan Credits Rizwan for his PSL Success

Multan Sultans’ UAE star Usman Khan has praised his captain Mohammad Rizwan for his guidance and motivation in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 9.

Usman Khan, the Pakistan-born UAE batsman, has attributed his impressive performance in the PSL 9 to the inspiration and support he receives from his captain and fellow opener Mohammad Rizwan.

The 28-year-old, who is playing as an overseas player for Multan Sultans, has scored 264 runs in six matches at an average of 52.80 and a strike rate of 151.14. Usman, who moved to UAE to pursue his cricket career, said he tries to learn from Rizwan, who is also the captain and wicketkeeper of the Pakistan national team.

“I try to learn from Mohammad Rizwan (bhai), he always boosts the morale of the players. He is a great leader and a great batsman. He gives me confidence and tips on how to play in different situations,” Usman said in a press conference in Karachi on Saturday.

Usman came close to scoring his second PSL century in the 14th match against Lahore Qalandars on Friday, but fell short by four runs as he was caught in the deep off Haris Rauf. He had scored his maiden PSL hundred in the previous edition against the same opponents.

“I have no regrets of not scoring a century as the joy of the team’s victory is more. I am happy that I contributed to the team’s success. I am not playing for personal records, I am playing for the team,” he said.

Usman also expressed his excitement to play at his home ground, the National Bank Cricket Arena, where he will face Karachi Kings in the 19th match of the season on Sunday.

“It is a special feeling to play at my home ground. I have played a lot of cricket here and I know the conditions well. I hope to continue my good form and help the team win,” he said.

Multan Sultans are currently at the top of the points table with five wins and 10 points in six games. They are aiming to win their maiden PSL title after finishing as runners-up in the last two editions, losing both finals to Lahore Qalandars.

Multan Sultans have a balanced squad with a mix of experienced and young players. Their batting line-up features the likes of Rizwan, Usman, Dawid Malan, Johnson Charles, Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar Ahmad, while their bowling attack is led by Chris Jordan, Olly Stone, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usama Mir and Abbas Afridi.

Their emerging players, Faisal Akram, Mohammad Shahzad and Yasir Khan, have also shown promise and potential.

Multan Sultans have four more matches left in the league stage, which they will play in Karachi and Rawalpindi. Their next match is against Karachi Kings on March 3, followed by Peshawar Zalmi on March 5, Islamabad United on March 10 and Quetta Gladiators on March 12.

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