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Cricketer Rizwan opens up about his long wait for his love marriage

“I believe I’m the first in my family to have a love marriage,” he said. “At that time, I was confident that whatever I asked from Allah, He would not let me down,” Rizwan concluded.

Known for his resilience on the pitch, Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan exhibits the same never-give-up attitude in his personal life, as he recently shared insights into his married life.

Rizwan, whose memorable century against Sri Lanka in the 2023 ODI World Cup—where he battled through cramps to help Pakistan chase down the highest-ever target in the tournament’s history—is still fresh in fans’ minds, opened up about his love life and the struggles he faced to marry the person of his choice.

Speaking at an event alongside team captain Babar Azam, Rizwan responded to questions about his eight-year-long love story. The host introduced Rizwan by saying, “We have with us today a man who not only loved someone deeply but also prayed for her daily for eight years with Quranic recitations.”

Before Rizwan could begin, Babar, handing over the microphone, humorously remarked, “Every time I’m discussed, it’s your turn to share your story.”

“I’m just praying for you to get married, Babar,” Rizwan quipped, sharing a light-hearted moment with his teammate.

When pressed about his love story, Rizwan hesitated but acknowledged, “Everyone knows a love story is filled with difficulties, and in our Pathan culture, even more so.”

Refraining from divulging too many details, Rizwan revealed he had to wait eight long years and pray daily to Allah because the girl’s family initially opposed the marriage.

“I believe I’m the first in my family to have a love marriage,” he said. “At that time, I was confident that whatever I asked from Allah, He would not let me down,” Rizwan concluded.

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