Mohammad Rizwan is pictured chatting with the ball boys just half an hour after defeat by England

‘Nicest guy in cricket, hands down’: Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan is pictured chatting with the ball boys just half an hour after his side’s defeat by England in Multan… as cricket fans call the wicketkeeper ‘an absolute legend’

Pakistan’s superstar wicket-keeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan took time out after his side’s second successive loss to England on Monday to talk to the ball boys at Multan. 

Rizwan put on just 40 across both his innings in Multan, but found time after the disappointing loss to sit and chat to several of the stadium’s ball boys less than half an hour after his team were consigned to a series defeat. 

England’s Test side are touring Pakistan on a three-match series for the first time in 17 years after the white-ball side visited in the run up to the T20I World Cup in November.  

An image of Mohammad Rizwan talking with the ball boys at the stadium was tweeted by Tim Peach

In the age of superstars receiving huge pay packets across the numerous white-ball franchise tournaments in the cricketing world, it is refreshing that one of the most highly-regarded players in the game would take time out as he has done. 

BBC’s Tim Peach first tweeted the image of Rizwan talking with the ball boys, writing: ‘Less than half an hour after the series defeat, and Rizwan is sitting down and talking to all the ball boys.’ 

And after seeing the humble act from one of cricket’s most notable names, many fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter. 

Rizwan has come in for high praise from cricket fans on Twitter, with one writing: ‘Despite the pain of the series defeat and his subpar performances which deserve criticism, great on Rizwan to show such respect to the ball boys. Champion attitude.’

Another added: ‘Nicest guy in cricket, hands down.’ 

Rizwan and Pakistan had been consigned to a series defeat to England less than half an hour before

A third fan remarked on the impact Rizwan’s actions might have on the ball boys, noting: ‘This is wonderful. What an inspiration to these young lads,’ followed by three clapping emojis. 

For a fourth the generous act showed Rizwan’s character off the field, saying: ‘A great Human indeed.’

One supporter was quick to praise the wicket-keeper’s approach to the game, simply adding: ‘Top attitude.’ 

Rizwan did not have the best of Test matches, making only 40 across both his innings and failing to take a single catch behind the stumps

And it’s not just in Pakistan that Rizwan has cultivated an ardent fan-base, with another supporter claiming: ‘Love Rizwan’s attitude. As an ex-keeper he was already my favourite non-England player. 

‘What I have seen over him the last few days has further cemented that.’

Lastly, one Rizwan fan summed it up best by writing: ‘What a guy. Absolute legend.’

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