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Rizwan

 

Young Player of the Year 2004

Rizwan was forced to perform above and beyond the call of duty last year (2005) as he ploughed through a ridiculous amount of overs in the absence of more experienced bowlers. The heavy workload inevitably took its toll and he was hampered by injury over the final two months of the season.

Despite finishing the season as the leading wicket taker, Rizwan continues to be hampered by a lack of luck. He bowled well enough to claim considerably more wickets than his 24 scalps but a combination of drops and misfortune restricted his impact.

Since his emergence in 2003 he has added a couple of yards of pace and is now a genuinely unpleasant prospect for batsmen to contend with on sporting pitches. The Offley tracks are not the most rewarding surfaces for his bowling but he invariably ran in hard, often with scant reward.

His fielding is a mixture. He is particularly fearless off his own bowling, never hesitating to thrust out a hand or a black shoe as an exocet heads back towards him. At times his attention wanders slightly in the field and he drops some chances that he should do better with. However, his catching has come on considerably since his formative days at the club and he held on to eight catches last season.

Rizwan possesses an imperious mow with the bat, never afraid to swing away at the bowlers and shows impressive power and timing when he connects, most notably with a crushing six at Breechwood Green. A basic lack of a defensive technique needs to be corrected but he has the ability to score quick runs and is a potential thorn in the side of opposing attacks.