Despite spending two nights in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital due to a severe chest infection, Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan insisted on participating in the T20 World Cup semifinal against Australia, eventually leading the team in a losing cause. Following Pakistan’s elimination from the mega tournament, team doctor Najeeb Somroo provided these details in a post-match press conference. Prior to Thursday’s semifinal, batting adviser Matthew Hayden had simply stated that the wicketkeeper-batter had been hospitalised, without mentioning that Rizwan had been admitted to the intensive care unit.

“On November 9th, Mohammad Rizwan suffered a severe chest infection and was brought to the hospital. He was in the intensive care unit for two nights to recover. He made a remarkable recovery and was declared fit for the match before it began “Somroo expressed his thoughts. “We can see his persistence and commitment, which demonstrates his desire to perform for the country. And we can observe how he’s doing now.” Rizwan, according to captain Babar Azam, wanted to play in the semifinal.

“When I first saw him, he seemed depressed, but when I asked about his health, he answered, ‘No, I’ll play.’ He’s definitely a team player. He was exceptional today in the way he played. And his performance today demonstrated that he is a team player. And I have high hopes for his attitude and performance. After being called to bat against Australia, Rizwan hit 67 off 52 balls in Pakistan’s total of 176 for 4. In a spectacular performance, the Australians chased down the goal with one over to spare. Rizwan’s hospitalisation and admission to the ICU, according to the team doctor, were kept a secret by the team management.

“The entire team management made the decision about and around his health and this was in regards to the team’s overall morale. As a result, we decided to keep it within the team “he stated. Rizwan was hospitalised for a night before the semifinal match, according to Hayden, owing to a “lung problem.”

“Mohammad Rizwan was admitted to the hospital last night with a lung problem. He is a fighter. Throughout the campaign, he has been excellent and courageous “Hayden had stated previously.