The Indian doctor, who treated Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan in the ICU, is astonished at the quick recovery made by the seriously ailing but gritty wicketkeeper-batsman, to be match-fit for the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia.
Mohammad Rizwan was in ICU just one day before Pakistan’s crunch semi-final match against Australia.
Rizwan defied all odds and made his way into the Pakistan starting XI, the next day and produced a brilliant innings, even though Pakistan lost the match by 5-wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Dr. Saheer Sainalabdeen, a specialist pulmonologist at Medeor Hospital in Dubai, who treated the cricketer, stated, “I am shocked with the pace he healed.”
“Rizwan was adamant about playing for his country in the key knockout match. He was a strong, resolute, and self-assured individual."
“Mujhe Khelna he. Team ke saath rehna he, (I want to play and be with the team),” Rizwan used to say to doctors who treated him in the ICU.
Rizwan arrived to the hospital’s emergency department at 12.30 a.m. on November 9 with significant retrosternal chest discomfort that mimicked cardiac pain and breathing difficulties. He’d been sick for three to five days with an intermittent fever, a persistent cough, and chest discomfort.
To relieve his agony, the medical team stabilised him and prescribed symptomatic drugs. Dr. Sainulabideen further said that Rizwan was very focused and had faith in his God. The doctor believed that Rizwan has recovered a faster pace.
“We’ve seen players suffer injuries during sporting events.” However, this is the first time a player has healed so swiftly from such a severe infection," stated Dr. Sainaulabideen.
Mohammad Rizwan rewarded the doctor with a signed jersey of himself too.
Rizwan scored 67(52) in the semi final against quality Australian bowling attack. He was the top scorer of the entire game but unfortunately ended up on the losing side.