Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan’s story of valour, strength, and determination will be forever etched in the minds of cricket lovers across the globe. Before the semifinal match of the 20-20 World Cup against Australia, Rizwan was down with flu and was even admitted to the ICU. However, that didn’t stop him from contributing to the team’s cause.
Rizwan continued his rich vein for form and scored a vital 67, helping Pakistan reach a challenging 176. Although Australia won the match, Rizwan’s courage was lauded by one and all. Pakistan team doctor Najeeb Samroo confirmed that Rizwan was in the ICU for two days.
“Mohammad Rizwan developed a severe chest infection on the 9th of November after which he was admitted to the hospital. He spent two nights in the ICU recovering. He made an incredible recovery and was deemed fit before the match,” said Somroo.
Somroo further appreciated the player’s mental resolve and fighting spirit. “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,” the doctor added.
Rizwan has been a key player for Pakistan in the 20-20 World Cup. His blistering starts upfront has helped Pakistan post good totals onboard. Somroo revealed the decision of playing Rizwan was taken by the team management.
“The decision regarding and around his health was made by the whole team management. And this was regarding the morale of the whole team. And therefore we kept it within the team.”