Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade mentioned the side strain injury he had ahead of the final of the T20 World Cup 2021 and revealed how he managed it. Wade played one of the most important innings of his life with a 17-ball 41 that helped Aussies win the semi-final against Pakistan.
The southpaw stitched a crucial partnership alongside Marcus Stoinis when Australia was in all sorts of trouble and hit three consecutive sixes off the bowling of Shaheen Afridi that sealed the game. Australia went on to win the grand finale and clinched their maiden T20 World Cup title.
Matthew Wade Explains The Seriousness Of His Injury
Matthew Wade suffered a grade 2 side strain which could have kept him out of the finals but managed to fight through it. He reckoned the team would have been hurt by his loss as a keeper and noted he was worried about his injury the day before the game.
“I was a little bit worried the night before the game, for sure. If I had woken up and I couldn’t swing the bat, I wouldn’t have played. I was worried that if we’d batted first and I had to go as hard as I could and I tore it then, I wouldn’t be able to keep and that would hurt the team a lot,” Matthew Wade told as reported by cricket.com.au
“I Was Always Going To Go Out There And Play” – Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade mentioned it would be nearly impossible for him to miss out on the game unless his presence had affected Australia’s chances. He added that having a good batting session helped him to recover slightly.
“But in my mind, they would have had to strap me to the bed. I was always going to go out there and play. But I wouldn’t have played if there was a chance it was going to hurt the team. I went and hit some balls before the game and bluffed my way through that. Then they made me hit a few more, but I got through it and it felt pretty fine,” he added.
Matthew Wade wasn’t needed with the bat in the finals as Australia cruised to victory with just a loss of 2 wickets.
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