Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz has revealed that he prayed to Allah to help him fight through the pain of playing with a broken little finger on his right hand.
Wahab suffered the injury during a fielding drill the day before Pakistan’s clash with Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
However, he took two wickets and scored a crucial 15 runs to help Pakistan secure a three-wicket win.
“The dressing room went all quiet (after Shadab got out),” Wahab was quoted as saying by The News International. “But then everyone started saying that we can do it. Sarfraz came up to me and told me it could be done.
“I was in a lot of pain. I just looked up and hoped Allah [would] help me. I left it to Him. And He helped me.”
“I was asked in the morning as to how much pain I could cope with. I told them that I can bowl but might not be able to give my best in batting and fielding. The captain asked me whether I was sure of giving my hundred percent with the ball. I assured him that I [would]. He told me that I’m playing. That gave me a lot of confidence.”
With Pakistan having defeated Afghanistan, they will now have to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday to have any chance of reaching the last four.