It was a Dream Come True For Desperate Wahab Riaz!
How desperate can you get to achieve something that seems out of reach? Nobody can get as desperate as Pakistani bowler Wahab Riaz. The recalled fast bowler told a press conference in Lahore where he disclosed that he knew of his recall before anyone else.
Because Chief Selector Inzamam Ul Haq told him so!
This must be a new low or an all-time high for any cricketer from around the world. Revealing a fake dream just to be in the good books of the management is something only a loser would do.
This Is Your Last Chance, Wahab!
Addressing a press conference one day after his induction in Pakistan’s final 15-man squad, Wahab Riaz said:
“Inzi Bhai came in my dream a few days ago, calling me up and saying that Wahab this is your last chance, you’re going to play the World Cup.”
Desperate Wahab Riaz Was Dropped For Wayward Bowling
He might have the pace but he isn’t accurate, both in his statements and bowling. Wahab was dropped in 2017 after a horrendous Champions’ Trophy match against India, the first between the arch-rivals. He not only failed to take a wicket but went for 87 runs in his 8.4 overs. Only after he was sidelined that the team managed to win the tournament, something the selectors seem to forget.
He also revealed that he was quite upset for not making it to the preliminary World Cup squad.
“But I never gave up. I always felt that my hard work would pay off.”
The 33-year-old, who was discarded by Coach Mickey Arthur after he aborted his run-up five times in a Test match, did make an outstanding claim.
“There are pressures and expectations. I was out of the team for the last two years and worked hard. I will try to fulfil everyone’s expectations,” he said.
Wahab Riaz has been named in Pakistan's @cricketworldcup squad!
He bowled one of the most exciting spells in the tournament's history against Australia in 2015.
— ICC (@ICC) May 21, 2019
Desperate Wahab Riaz Heads To England
Along with Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali, Wahab was included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad on Monday. The trio replaced Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan and Abid Ali who were dropped for their performances, or lack of it, in the England series.