Wahab Riaz spoke to media here on Tuesday, a day after being included in Pakistan’s final 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Wahab Riaz told reporters who would bring the aggression he is known for to the side. “Pakistan as a team needs aggression. We have seen that there is batting paradise, as a bowler, if you are not aggressive the batsman will dominate you.”
The left-arm seamer spoke about not being part of the national team and how that experience had left him disheartened.
“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.”
Wahab Riaz said despite not being included in the 23-member initial squad, he was prepared for the World Cup as it was his father’s wish that he plays in the tournament.
“After not being selected for the 23-member squad I would dream about being included. About 8-10 days ago I had a dream that Inzamam was telling me I was going to play the World Cup and this was my last chance. Then I got the call from him that I had been included in the squad.”
The bowler said he would try to prove to coach Mickey Arthur that he was a match winner as he had been critical on this. “I will try to prove in this World Cup that what was said is not true and I can win matches. As a coach, it is his duty to get results and select players who can win matches. I want to be on that list and have gotten an opportunity after two years.”