Former Pakistan cricketer, Wasim Akram widely praised Mohammad Rizwan as a “national hero” when the latter decided to play against Australia in the semi-final battle on November 11, in just a few hours after being discharged from ICU, where he was admitted nearly 2 days just before the contest, having got treated for a chest infection.
Rizwan top-scored for the squad with an important 67-run knock, but his efforts failed as Pakistan finally lost the match due to some great hammering by Matthew Wade near the finish.
Rizwan is a person whom you like to have on your team: Akram
Akram praised Rizwan for his dedication to the country and courage in the face of such difficulties. “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.”
“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,” wasim Akram added.
Rizwan is been brilliant throughout the campaign, he has great courage: Hayden
Pakistan’s batting consultant, Matthew Hayden also praised Rizwan. “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,” Hayden told broadcasters during the semi-final clash.
Rizwan’s form has been outstanding in the shortest version of the game for Pakistan across the year, despite scoring more than 1000 runs in a T20I schedule year to become the first player to achieve the milestone. Including Babar Azam. Rizwan provided Pakistan a promising start across the competition, contributing a crucial part in his team’s five-match undefeated streak before reaching the semi-finals.