DubaiPakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan spent 36 hours in Dubai’s Meadure Hospital ahead of Thursday’s second semi-final against Australia. The doctor of the Pakistani team has said that he had a chest infection.
On Thursday, Rizwan scored 67 runs in 52 balls with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes. With the help of which Pakistan could reach the score of 176. However, his effort was in vain and Pakistan were out of the race for the final after losing the match by five wickets.
Talking to reporters after the match, team doctor Najibullah Soumro said, “He started feeling tightness in his chest from 9th November. He had to be admitted to the hospital as his condition did not improve. He spent two nights in ICU to recover from it. However, surprisingly he got fit before the match, which shows his tenacity.”
He further said that it was the decision of the entire team management not to let this news come to the fore before the match. When Rizwan’s critical condition came to light, the team’s batting consultant Matthew Hayden spoke to the broadcaster during the match and informed about it.
“The night before, Rizwan was battling a lung problem and was in the hospital. He is a warrior and has led Pakistan’s World Cup campaign with all his might,” Hayden said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Rizwan and Shoaib Malik could not attend the practice session due to flu. Both had also had a corona test and both also came negative. However, Rizwan had to be admitted to the hospital on 9 November itself.
He was discharged from the hospital the next day, but was then kept under medical observation in his hotel room. Rizwan is the second highest run-scorer in this World Cup by scoring 281 runs in 6 matches at an average of 70. Only his captain Babar Azam (303 runs) is ahead of him. Rizwan scored 3 half-centuries in this T20 World Cup. Rizwan twice scored 79 not out, first against India and second against Namibia.