Pakistan’s journey to the ICC champions Trophy final is unbelievably incredible, the team proved themselves and their capabilities tremendously, at the beginning of the tournament after a sore lose from India we had little or no hope from the team.
The team ranked eighth, they made the cut to the team by the skin of their teeth, they received immense criticism following their loss to India, seven of the players in the Pakistan team have not played international cricket and has three uncapped players, however, they still managed to fight back and make a miraculous come back in to the tournament and then in to the finals, after beating England in their own backyard.
Pakistan handed out a debut to not one but three players which is highly uncommon in a Global tournament, one of the three ODI caps were given to Fakhar Zaman who plays a major role in Pakistans three victories.
Whilst skimming through Zamans domestic record you can’t help but wonder where he’s been hiding, he can be compared to greatest batsmen such as Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Pakistan has discovered a batsmen as big as the above mentioned names, in fact his career has initiated better than many of the greatest batsmen
Fakhar scored 57 off 58 balls helping Pakistan achieve a victory against England, his success puts him in comparison with Greame Pollock of South Africa and Abhinav Mukhand of India, Fakhar has an average run rate of 50.18 and has scored 2409 runs in his 50 inning career, which is more than Virat Kohli who had 2202 runs at his 50th innings.
Fakhar came to Karachi from Mardan to become a sailor in the Navy, his talent was discovered by Pakistan Navy Cricket Academy coach Azam Khan.
“By virtue of his performances at the district U19 level and later with Karachi’s U21 and U23 teams, Fakhar finally made his debut in Pakistan’s domestic cricket competition for Karachi Zebras in 2012 and scored 141 and 165 in his second season. ” according to cricketnetwork.com
“Fakhar started cricket with me and we both used to play for Pakistan Cricket Club in Karachi,” recalled Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed after the semi-final victory in Cardiff. “After that he shifted to Mardan but I had seen him play.
“When he made his U19 debut for Karachi he turned out to be the best batsman in the first very season.
“He then played domestic cricket and we gave him regular chances in the ‘A’ team.
“From the ‘A’ team we brought him in the Pakistan team. He could not get too many opportunities in the T20Is (against West Indies this year) but grabbed them with both hands in the Champions Trophy. I think the credit goes to him and we hope that he will keep on delivering these performances for Pakistan.” stated Ahmed Shehzad
If Fakhar can match the legacy of his Mardan former Captain younis Khan Pakistan has something very special up their sleeves.
MediaBites Editorial – Zahra Khan
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