Pakistan wicketkeeper batsman, Mohammad RizwanSpirits were high after his sensational century in the 8th match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Sri Lanka Tuesday, October 10 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
During the post-match interaction with the commentators after receiving the Player of the Match award, he lightened the mood with a humorous response that left fans divided.
In a high-scoring thriller, Sri Lanka batted first, amassing a magnificent total of 344/9. Kusal Mendis (77 off 122) and Sadira Samaravikrama (108 off 89 balls) scored a brilliant century for their team.
In response, Rizwan (131 not out off 121 balls) and Abdullah Shafiq (113 off 103) formed a remarkable partnership that enabled Pakistan to chase down the target, finishing at 345/4 in just 48.2 overs. This historic chase now stands as the highest successful run chase in World Cup history.
“Sometimes hindrance, sometimes my act”: Rizwan
What made Rizwan’s heroic performance even more impressive was that he not only kept wickets for the entire 50 overs in the scorching heat of the afternoon but also batted over 40 overs. Throughout the chase, he battled cramps on several occasions but fought on, eventually leading his team to a historic win.
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Cricket-commentator after the match Simon Dull asked Rizwan about his struggle with cramps. In response to this, Rizwan gave a funny reply and said, “Sometimes it’s cramps, sometimes it’s me acting.”
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Pakistan captain like many others Babar Azam The star also praised the wicketkeeper-batsman for his outstanding performance. Azam emphasized Rizwan’s vital role in building the partnership and putting pressure on the Sri Lankan team.
“I think the way Rizwan played… he built partnerships and put the Sri Lankan team under pressure. We finished well with our fast bowlers. Azam said.
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Azam even acknowledged the important contribution of the opener Abdullah Shafiq and middle-order batsmen, expressing confidence in his team’s ability. Pakistan captain Azam concluded by saying, “First World Cup for Shafiq and he is in good shape so I decided to play him. I think Rizwan and the way he played helped our partnership. Good for us, the middle order stepped up and believed in ourselves.