Hayden’s interest in Islam inspired us: Rizwan

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has revealed why he gifted Matthew Hayden a translation of the Holy Quran.

Hayden was Pakistan’s batting consultant in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.

Rizwan had been in the headlines a few months back for gifting Hayden the holy book. The wicketkeeper said Hayden was impressed with the way players used to pray in the congregation.

“He would closely observe the prayers when they used to pray during the tournament.”

Rizwan said Allah put curiosity in Hayden’s heart. “He used to inquire with us regarding religion. I felt he was very interested in Islam.”

When Pakistan had a match against arch-rival India, he said, “I told Hayden if it is written in destiny, Pakistan will win this match. If India has worked harder than us, and we haven’t, they’ll win.”

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“When I got the English translation of the Holy Quran, I went straight to Hayden’s room and presented it to him as a gift. Hayden liked the gift very much. I personally think that it is our duty to guide others to the righteous path. We must prefer for others what we want for ourselves,” he said.

“When I spoke to him recently, he said he reads the translation of the Quran on a daily basis.”

Rizwan also requested the nation to remember the Australian great in their prayers.

Recently, Rizwan was awarded the ‘Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year’ by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The star had a stellar 2021, scoring 134 ODI, 455 Test, and 1,326 T20I runs. He also caught 56 batters behind the wickets across the three formats.

Rizwan had to compete with Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Hasan Ali for becoming the most valuable cricketer of the year. “I feel humbled to have been given this award,” Mohammad Rizwan said.

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