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Pak vs Zim – T20 World Cup

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After Zimbabwe shocked Pakistan by one run for his or her third win of the event, Raza revealed that when he struggled to sleep within the early hours of the day of the match towards Pakistan, it was Ponting’s clip, which referred to greats of the sport like Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne when discussing Raza’s type, that calmed him.

“I do know there was a small clip that was despatched to me this morning and it was Ricky Ponting having a small phrase,” Raza instructed the broadcasters instantly after Zimbabwe’s win. “I used to be excited. I used to be nervous. I used to be thrilled about at present. Motivation was all the time there, but when I wanted that little push, I believed that clip did a marvel this morning. So thanks very a lot to Ricky as effectively.

“..a few of my family and friends members messaged they usually stated that they had a sort of tear within the eye,” Raza stated on the press convention after the match. “For me, I had goosebumps, one of many greats of this recreation speaking about Zimbabwe and specifically me.

“Not that I wanted an additional kick, but when I wanted that, that clip did the job for me. I wished to remain calm, however on the identical time be pumped up for this recreation.”

In a glowing evaluation of Raza’s 12 months, by which he has gained extra Participant-of-the-Match awards than anybody else – seven – Ponting praised the best way Raza has embraced a senior position within the facet and the way he has been prepared to face challenges head on.

“Within the T20 recreation, as a result of it is such a moment-based recreation the place it comes all the way down to the results of one specific ball, the older, extra skilled guys have a greater mind-set their manner via conditions, understanding precisely what’s required right here and at times going and doing it,” Ponting stated in a clip launched by the ICC. “I stated about Sikandar Raza initially – the maturity facet, he simply appears to know precisely what to do, when to do it and he has been adequate to get it performed.

“All the perfect gamers within the recreation that I’ve identified, and throughout different sports activities as effectively, is when these large stress moments come, that is what they need. You already know Shane Warne was an awesome instance of that, Glenn McGrath was an awesome instance of that. These gamers, they need that large second, they need that stage and after they get there, they are not going to let it slip. They’re gonna take advantage of it and ensure they get the job performed. And that is what’s Sikandar has performed so fantastically.”

Raza has starred with each bat and ball for Zimbabwe on this T20 World Cup. After scoring 82 towards Eire in Zimbabwe’s opener within the first spherical, he picked up 3 for 19 towards West Indies, adopted by 40 runs and 1 for 20 towards Scotland. Following his 3 for 25 towards Pakistan, Raza stated it was the perfect win he has ever been a part of.

“I feel since I have been a part of Zimbabwe cricket, I might fee that the perfect victory we have had as a result of there is no higher stage,” he stated. “That is the World Cup, the largest stage of all.

“To beat Pakistan by one run…the modest whole. You are going to must do all the pieces proper to defend that, which we did. I feel for me that is in all probability the perfect victory I have been a part of with Zimbabwe.”

Earlier within the event, Raza defined that he had to determine a brand new manner of bowling after surgical procedure to take away a benign tumour from his shoulder left him unable to elevate his arm however, on his return to the sport, he nonetheless wished to contribute in each disciplines. It is that want to continue learning that Ponting is especially impressed by.

“On the age of 33 or 34, it isn’t simple to get higher and enhance. However he is discovered a manner to enhance whether or not it’s 50-overs cricket or T20 cricket, in all probability below essentially the most stress that he is ever been below in his life so far as the participant is worried,” Ponting stated. “He is 36 years of age, however he is enjoying with a younger exuberance. Now it appears like he is, you already know, 26 once more, he is working round within the area and having fun with himself and main from the entrance.”

Ponting’s reward will not be the one factor Raza goes to complete the event with. He has already earned three watches off his captain Craig Ervine, and will add extra to his identify earlier than the World Cup ends. “Once we had been coming to Australia, I stated to my captain, ‘when you change into Man of the Match, choose any watch from {the catalogue} and I will purchase it for you, but when I change into Man of the Match, you are going to purchase me one’,” Raza stated, explaining why he demonstrated to his wrist when he was named Participant of the Match on Thursday. “I used to be simply reminding him that he now owes me three watches.”

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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