In a rather surprising announcement earlier this week, pacer Wahab Riaz made a cut to the final 15 member World Cup squad. Like many, the bowler himself did not expect something of the sort, but dreamt of becoming a part of the Pakistan squad for the tournament.
However, he’s now optimistic and determined to prove his mettle in the World Cup that he thinks is a dream come true.
“It is a challenge for me. There were frustrating times when I wasn’t being selected [over the last two years]. But it is all part of life. Now is my time and I will give my best,” said the 33-year old bowler.
Adding further he said, “The selectors’ expectations would be high as they have picked me for my experience and my ability to reverse swing the ball and use the old ball better so I will try to live up to them.”
“It could prove make or break for my career. I will be under pressure and will need all the confidence,” he said. Additionally, Wahab had also been working with a personal trainer to keep up with his fitness level; he believes his training will now come into play as he appears for his physical test after two years.
Wahab was last seen in the 2017 Champions Trophy group match against India. On the back of his poor spell back then, the fast pacer was not even a part of the final match where Pakistan won the title that year.