Rizwan was in hospital yesterday, he has shown staggering courage – Matthew Hayden

Muhammad Rizwan in ICU

The batting consultant of Pakistan cricket team Matthew Hayden has revealed that Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Muhammad Rizwan was in hospital yesterday after having fever before the semi-final against Australia but he was tested negative for COVID-19.

Both Muhammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik were in doubt for playing against Australia but both of them were declared fit to play. Matthew Hayden has said that Rizwan was in hospital a night before the semi final suffering from some sort of lung condition. He said that Rizwan is a warrior and he has been exceptional throughout the tournament.

Muhammad Rizwan

Both Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman hit the attacking fifties and helped Pakistan a challenging total of 176 for four against Kangaroos. Rizwan who was the top scorer with 67 and Fakhar Zaman who hit the undefeated 55 off 32 balls put on 72 runs for the second wicket to help Pakistan post a challenging total. Rizwan also made a 71 runs partnership with captain Babar Azam who scored 39 which rattled the Australian bowling attack.

Australian leggie Adam Zampa broke the opening partnership after he sent Babar back to the pavilion who scored 303 runs to lead the batting chart of the tournament. On the other hand, Rizwan kept up the attack and he smashed Zampa for a huge six and become the first player to score 1,000 runs in T20 international in a calendar year. He also survived the blow on the helmet grill by a quick bouncer from Pat Cummins as the physio came for conducting the concussion test. Rizwan finally got out on Mitchell Starc’s bowl while trying to force the pace and was caught out at the mid-off.

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