Pakistan captain Babar Azam heaped praise on opening batter Mohammad Rizwan who rose was in the ICU unit of a Dubai hospital just 24 hours before smashing a team-high score in his team’s World T20 semi-final loss to Australia.
before the match it has been reported two members of the Pakistan team, including Rizwan, had been sent for tests after developing flu-like symptoms on Tuesday.
But it was only after the match the true extent of Rizwan’s battle was fully revealed.
He had spent 48 hours in hospital after developing a severe chest infection, and was in the ICU for two nights before rising out of his bed and demanding to play against Australia, going on to score 67 off just 52 balls.
“Definitely he‘s a team man,” Aazam said.
“The way he played today, it was exceptional. When I saw him, he was a little bit down, but when I asked him about his health he said, no, I will play. And the way he played today he showed that he’s a team man. And I am very confident about his attitude and his performance.”
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) November 11, 2021
Pakistan team doctor Najeed Somroo said Rizwan made an “incredible recovery” to play.
“Mohammad Rizwan developed a severe chest infection on 9th of November after which he was admitted to the hospital. He spent two nights in the ICU recovering,” Somorro said.
“He made an incredible recovery and was deemed fit before the match.
“We can see his great determination and tenacity that shows his spirit of performing for the country. And we can see how he performed today.
Somroo said the decision was made not to announce the seriousness of Rizwan’s illness before the game
“The decision regarding and around his health was made by the whole team management,” he said.
“And this was regarding the morale of the whole team. And therefore we kept it within the team.”
Despite losing their first match for the tournament in the semi-final, Pakistan greats celebrated the team’s achievement in making the semi-finals.
“You guys have not Won the World Cup but Won Hearts of every Pakistani,” former fast bowler Waqar Younis said.
“We couldn’t have ask for more. You guys gave your Best. So So proud of you.”
You guys have not Won the World Cup but Won Hearts of every Pakistani. We couldn’t have ask for more. You guys gave your Best. So So proud of you Team Pakistan🇵🇰. Keep your Head High #PAKvAUS#PakistanZindabadpic.twitter.com/rwMOWn61VP
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) November 11, 2021