Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan spent two nights in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Dubai, battling severe chest infection but insisted on playing in the T20 World Cup semifinal against Australia, eventually top-scoring for the team in a lost cause.

Pakistan team doctor Najeeb Somroo revealed these details in the post-match press conference after the side’s semi-final loss. Before the semifinal on Thursday, batting consultant Matthew Hayden had said that the wicketkeeper-batter was hospitalised.

“Mohammad Rizwan developed a severe chest infection on 9th of November after which he was admitted to the hospital. He spent two nights in the ICU recovering. He made an incredible recovery and was deemed fit before the match,” Somroo said.

“We can see his great determination and tenacity that shows his spirit of performing for the country. And we can see how he performed today.”

Captain Babar Azam said it was Rizwan who wanted to play in the semifinal.

“When I saw him, he was a little bit down, but when I asked him about his health he said, ‘no, I will play’. Definitely he’s a team man. The way he played today, it was exceptional. And the way he played today he showed that he’s a team man. And I am…

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