Former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram has showered praise on Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who had developed a severe chest infection and spent 2 nights in ICU before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final clash against Australia on Thursday.
Mohammad Rizwan batted brilliantly for Pakistan in the mega encounter scoring 67 runs off 52 balls, but it was not enough to help Pakistan make it to the finals as Australia won the match by 5 wickets to qualify for the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Mohammad Rizwan Is A National Hero – Wasim Akram
Akram labelled Rizwan as a ” National Hero” and said that he is an “ultra-superior human being” mentally and physically.
“Mohammad Rizwan is a national hero. He is an ultra-superior human being, both mentally and physically. During our fasting on Ramadan, he fasted and then played Test cricket. That is humanly impossible. You have got to be mentally very-very strong for doing things like that,” he stated.
Wasim Akram further highlighted that after spending a couple of nights in ICU, Rizwan batted for 17 overs for Pakistan and then kept the wickets in the match. He said:
“Rizwan is a person whom you like to have on your team. Always happy, helpful, and hard-working. He was in the ICU but then came and batted for almost 17 overs and then kept wickets for 20 overs. He is a perfect example of a team player.”
“The whole country has realized that there is a bunch of talent in the team, and these guys mean business. Pakistan people also love their Cricket as Indian fans do. Such consistent performances make people happy on both sides of the border,” Akram added.
Pakistan’s batting consultant Matthew Hayden also lauded Rizwan for his efforts and labelled him as a “warrior”.
“Mohammad Rizwan was in the hospital a night ago suffering from some sort of lung condition. This is a warrior. He’s been brilliant throughout the campaign, and he has great courage,” he asserted.
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