And as they say, the brightest of stars are seen in the darkest of night, so while the Pakistani fans mourn over the 2nd semi-final at Mohali as a dark day for their cricketing experience, they spot a light that makes way all through the darkness to illuminate us with glowing happiness. The star that radiates us hopeful about the future of Pakistan Cricket. We spot Wahab Riaz!
Wahab, the 25 yr old left-arm fast bowler, born in Lahore, known in the squad as Vicky shined throughout the match for those breath-taking deliveries that stunned the crowd at the stadium so much that we had to ask .."Mohali Itna sannata kyun hai bhai". An Indian supporter Mihir Pandya (@@miyaamihir) tweeted "It's twenty one players on one side versus Wahab Riaz on the other".
Firstly, a look at the destruction of what Wahab did to the mighty Indian line-up.
*Fifth ball of the 6th over - The ball pitches on the leg and zips on to Virender Sehwag trapping him leg-before on 38. India score reads 48/1.
Second ball of the 25th over - Virat Kohli edged an away moving ball to Umar Akmal at backward point and he takes it nice and easy. Kohli fell for 9 and India went down to 141/3.
Third ball of the 25h over - The ball comes in swinging and takes away Yuvraj Singh's stumps with it. Yuvraj fell for a duck and India went down to 141/4.
Fourth ball of he 41st over - Traps India skipper MS Dhoni leg-before with a quicker ball on 25. India fell to 205/6.
Second ball of the 50th over - A thin edge off Zaheer Khan's bat is taken by keeper Kamran Akmal. Zaheer falls for 9 and India to 256/8.*
Wahab Riaz kneels down on the ground and perform a Sajda, to thank Almighty for the blessing! [add: &wins our hearts]
*The ball and over update is taken from India Today
Second last ball of the 50th over - Wahab doesnt stop with his might & runs out Ashish Nehra for 1. India 258/9
It was Wahab who was the HERO of the first innings when Pakistan team wrapped up the Indians at 260/9. While moving back to the pavilion, Wahab gave those smiley glares to his mates & cheered with those flying kisses that stole our heart. Way to go boy! My twitter timeline was buzzing with applaud for Wahab thoughout the day from Indians and Pakistanis alike.
Here is to what proud family of Wahab Riaz had to say about his participation in the ICC WorldCup 2011.
Interestingly, Wahab shares mutually two things with Wasim Akram. Left arm pacer & Born in June. Hope to see him following his footsteps in bowling in later part of life too:)
And while I press the "search button" for Wahab, let me take you to an interesting journey over Wahab's cricketing career.
Wahab celebrates as he takes down his first wicket at the Mohali semifinal. Sehwag
This is how I do it,baby!
Dho dia tumhein Dhoni!
Mei jhuka hoon iss zameen pe karne sajda tujhe ada!
Well, I wanted that cup. Who stole my dream? Someone at my (R)?
Now, I'll go home and be the family guy once again :)
Hell yeah! Thats my grin baby. Did you Macleans your teeth today?
Team Player. Ya' know
Wait, Aint I sooper cool in the test white as well :D
I respond your cheers for me, humbly :)
Well, I may be your angry young man!
Dekho mein sab ko cheer karta hoon!
Mera number kab ayega?
Mene bhee woh RAP suna hai. Harra peela, harra peela!
Bus bhye bus ziada baat nai cheap saab!
Kya re saaalay. Fight Club hai kya?
Chalo Trott! Mitti pao
Mene toh mazaq kia tha. Ap is pe serious hogaye aur meri 5 wickets pe nahin muskuraye, bhai?
I was a celebrity already. Internet pe bhee interview aya tha mera!
Style mein bowl karanay ka!
Iss Mazhar Majeed ko toh mene itna sue karna he k is ka sue-sue.... well, samaj gaye na?
Yeh hath ek jadooyee hath hai :D
Dressed to kill in formals, No!
Arre. Ye mein nahin hoon! Mustufa Zahid from the band Roxen. Look alike naa?
I am the five-star stunner.
I am the one who made Mohali silent!
I am the one who did a sajdah at Mohali ground.
I kept the Pakistanis ticking in the game.
I destroyed the mighty Indian line up!
I blew flying kisses to you for cheering me up,
I am the reason of our "graceful exit" from the Worldcup!
I am a youngster, looking for your prayers.
I am proud to make my country proud!
I am Wahab Riaz. I am Team Pakistan!
Way to Go Wahab Riaz. Pakistan Loves You!
P.S: Err.. Wahab are you single?
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