In the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, Pakistan has set the stage on fire with two consecutive victories, the latest being a historic chase of 345 runs against Sri Lanka. Mohammad Rizwan, the centurion in the thrilling encounter, is optimistic about Pakistan’s momentum as they gear up for the much-anticipated match against India.
Expressing his confidence at the post-match press conference, Rizwan stated, “We have momentum now. Everyone is aware that India will be our opponent in our next game. They will also have plans, just like we will.”
Pakistan’s successful start in the ODI World Cup campaign saw them clinch two wins in as many matches during their Hyderabad leg. The first victory came against the Netherlands, followed by the record-breaking chase against Sri Lanka.
Rizwan acknowledged the favorable batting conditions in Hyderabad and the warm reception from the crowd, describing the atmosphere as reminiscent of playing in Rawalpindi. He thanked the Hyderabad crowd for their overwhelming support, which extended not only to the home team but also to Sri Lanka.
“And when you mentioned Hyderabad, I had the impression that I was playing in a game in Pindi. I wasn’t the only one who received support from the fans today; the entire Pakistani squad did as well. In fact, they also backed Sri Lanka. I’m glad Hyderabad’s audience has backed Sri Lanka’s and our cricket. I had a great time with them, Rizwan added.
After the match, the Pakistani team celebrated with the groundstaff, showcasing their appreciation by gifting them Pakistani shirts. Rizwan shared a touching moment with the curator, who had earlier encouraged him to score two centuries on the ground.
“The curator conveyed a similar message to me. On our first visit to the ground, he said that I should score two centuries on this ground. I had the chance to meet him again today. Let’s keep him in our prayers, and everyone must pray for his well-being as well,” Rizwan concluded.