Mohammad Rizwan, the opening batsman for Pakistan, described his conversation with head coach Saqlain Mushtaq after their opening match against India and how his words came true as they qualified for the T20 World Cup final.
Pakistan was on the verge of being eliminated from the T20 World Cup. Pakistan had little to no chance of reaching the semi-finals after losing the first two matches, especially given how well South Africa and India performed throughout the group stage.
But the Men in Green were able to recover and beat the Proteas, winning two more matches and beating New Zealand in the semi-finals to reach the final for the first time since they won the competition in 2009.
Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh questioned the situation in the locker room when Pakistan was on the brink of being knocked out a few days earlier and how things changed when the Netherlands upset the Proteas to boost their journey to the semi-finals after Pakistan New Zeeland defeated in Sydney.
“Something else would happen”: Mohammad Rizwan
After Pakistan’s defeat, Saqlain had told Mohammad Rizwan that there will be a disruption in the group stage. Mohammad Rizwan then remembered their chat. He went on to say that the Pakistani squad was quite pleased with the Netherlands’ victory over South Africa on the final day of the group match.
“If you ask me honestly after we lost in the first game to India, Saqlain warned me that something else will happen. ‘Not yet, because there will be tumult somewhere,’ I assured him.
“Saqlain told me the same thing after we lost to Zimbabwe. But then there was the match between the Netherlands and South Africa. We watched from the pavilion. We’ve never had as much fun in any other game as that one,” he said.
When Pakistan face England in the T20 World Cup final on Sunday in Melbourne, they are now battling for a second trophy, following their win in 2009.
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