A bit of pain of World Cup heartbreak will probably go away: Raza

Zimbabwe batsman Sikandar Raza, who is the most emotional one among the Zimbabwe players hopes the Test victory in Sylhet will ease the World Cup heartbreak.

Raza celebrating a wkt

Raza is ecstatic after Zimbabwe’s first Test win after 5 years and it’s his first Test win as a Zimbabwe player as he was the 12th man in their win over Pakistan back in 2013.

A delighted Raza told reports in the post match press conference:

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“This is the first Test win in my career.  was the 12th man in the Test win over Pakistan in 2013. It is a humbling and exciting time, considering Zimbabwe last played a Test almost a year ago. We haven’t had much cricket after that anyway. The feeling is still sinking in.”

“ll the physical pain that came from batting, bowling and fielding has gone away, because we won. Hopefully we can carry on winning at home and away and keep up this momentum. This is a sweeter Test win, and to do that in Bangladesh where most of the other teams haven’t been able to do it, is quite a happy and exciting feeling to be honest,” he added.

Raza also believes this Test win will motivate Zimbabwe to believe in themselves again and also help to move on completely from the World Cup heartbreak.

“The nightmares of not qualifying for the World Cup are still fresh in our memories, and also in our fans,” he said. “A bit of the pain probably will go away. But all of it won’t go away. I know that I will be playing with that pain for the rest of my career,”

“The magnitude of what we lost and how well we were playing, that pain will always be there for me. But I was picked for this tour along with other senior cricketers so that we can help Zimbabwe win more games. The pain will definitely fade away as we win more matches at home and away.”

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