Known for his distinctive style of batting, has been steadily etching his name onto the cricketing landscape with his impeccable timing and consistent runs. His journey from the domestic circuit to international recognition is a testament to his skill and determination.
Zaman’s prowess is illuminated by his remarkable averages in domestic cricket – 42 in first-class matches and 49 in List A encounters. However, it wasn’t until the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in the 2016-17 season that he began capturing attention. He tallied an impressive 663 runs in the tournament, averaging 51. A standout moment came in the final, where he notched a memorable 170 in the second innings. This performance, in a game highlighted by the twin centuries of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, signaled Zaman’s emergence.
His excellence earned him a coveted spot in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), representing the Lahore Qalandars. There, he displayed glimpses of his domestic prowess, most notably during a blistering 33-ball 56 against Karachi, showcasing his elegant strokeplay. This remarkable display paved the way for his inclusion in Pakistan’s T20I squad for the West Indies tour, and he made his debut in the second match in Port of Spain.
Despite modest returns in his initial three T20Is, Zaman’s talent was undeniable. A few months later, during the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, he made his ODI debut, altering Pakistan’s batting fortunes. Following a missed opportunity in the opening match against India, Zaman quickly turned things around. He scored 31, 50, 57, and a stunning 114 in his first four ODI innings. His strike rate of 113.00 injected much-needed vigor into Pakistan’s traditional 50-overs approach.
The zenith of his early ODI career was his maiden century in the final of the Champions Trophy, earning him the Player-of-the-Match accolade. His scintillating knock set up a challenging total of 338, which proved insurmountable for India. Zaman’s century underscored his ability to rise to the occasion on the grand stage.
Fakhar Zaman’s journey from being a domestic standout to an international sensation exemplifies the allure of cricket’s rise through the ranks. With his stylish flair and timely performances, Zaman continues to carve a distinct niche in the cricketing world, leaving an indelible mark on Pakistan’s cricketing tapestry.