Melbourne: Matthew wade, Australia's T20 World Cup hero, revealed that he played the final against New Zealand with a grade 2 side strain.
Aussies won the world cup after playing a stupendous inning against Pakistan in the semi-finals, where Wade contributed with 17-ball 41 in a heroic style.
Wade said, "I was a little bit worried the night before the game, for sure; if I had woken up and I couldn't swing the bat, I wouldn't have played. But in my mind, they would have had to strap me to the bed. I was always going to go out there and play. But I wouldn't have played if there was a chance it was going to hurt the team".
Australia is the host for the next T20 World Cup next year, and Wade says that tournament will be his international swansong.
The 33-year-old Wade, who has now lost his Test spot for the upcoming Ashes, has set his sights on Australia's T20 World Cup title defense on home soil - his last international assignment.
"That'll be my next motivation - hopefully, get to that World Cup, defend the title, and then I can sail off into the sunset. I certainly won't be playing (international cricket) beyond that point. That would be my goal from here," Wade revealed.
Wade, who is contracted with Tasmania and the Hurricanes for the next few years, plans to continue playing domestic cricket beyond next year's World Cup.