Despite spending two days in a hospital intensive care unit due to a chest infection, Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan top-scored with 67 in Thursday’s T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia, according to the team doctor following their five-wicket loss.
President Dr. Arif Alvi praised Rizwan as the “new Pakistan.”
“That’s the spirit,” he says. This represents the emerging ‘Brand Pakistan.’ “And my friends, this is the new Pakistan,” President Alvi wrote on Twitter.
Rizwan and veteran Shoaib Malik were both ruled out of the game last Thursday due to a fever.
“On November 9th, Mohammad Rizwan developed a severe chest infection and was admitted to the hospital.”
“He spent two nights in the intensive care unit recovering,” said Pakistan’s team doctor, Najeeb Samaroo.
“He made an incredible recovery and was cleared to play before the game.” We can see his great determination and tenacity, which demonstrates his spirit of service to his country. And we can see how he did today.” “The entire team management made the decision regarding his health.” This was about the morale of the entire team, so we kept it within the team,” he added.
After being invited to bat first, Rizwan’s 52-ball knock and key partnerships, including a 72-run second-wicket stand with Fakhar Zaman, who made an unbeaten 55, helped Pakistan reach 176 runs against 4 wickets.
‘A team man’
Captain Babar Azam, who scored 39 runs to lead the tournament batting chart with 303, praised his opening partner’s “exceptional” attitude.
“He’s definitely a team player.” “The way he played today was exceptional,” Babar said.
“When I saw him, he was a little depressed, but when I asked about his health, he said, no, I’ll play.” And his performance today demonstrated that he is a team player. And I am very confident in his demeanor and performance.”
Marcus Stoinis (41) and Matthew Wade (41) put on an unbeaten 81-run stand to propel Australia into the final against New Zealand on Sunday with five wickets and one over to spare.