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Pakistan spin-bowling all-rounder Imad Wasim has revealed that left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz told him that he would back him up no matter what when they were batting in the national team’s nail-biting World Cup win over Afghanistan.
Wahab fought through the pain of a broken finger and scored a crucial 15 not to help Pakistan get over the line.
Imad was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 49, which came off 54 balls and included five boundaries.
They also took two wickets apiece earlier on.
Imad admitted that he had so much respect for Wahab as he couldn’t hold a bat properly, but still did everything in his power to lead Pakistan to victory.
“Hats off to Wahab, who despite having tremendous pain and [not being able to] hold the bat properly, assured me don’t worry, I will provide you full back up. His words were full of emotions and he lived up to his each and every word,” Imad told The Nation. “He not only hit a highly crucial boundary but also a magnificent six out of the park.
“The situation at that time was nerve-wracking, but he remained cool and that’s what mattered for Pakistan. Each and every individual wants to contribute towards the national cause.”
Pakistan now have to crush Bangladesh by an immense margin at Lord’s on Friday in order to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals.