Fakhr Zaman, who lived a simple life in a one-room house in Baldia Town Karachi and Karsaz Naval Colony, had a surprising change in his life when he got a chance to play for the Pakistan team.
The Mardan opener has risen to fame overnight and is currently one of the best and leading opening batsmen in the world.
Having been with the Pakistan cricket team for a year, his financial situation has also become quite stable. Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain of the national cricket team, says that the sign of a great batsman is that he plays match winning innings in big matches.
Fakhr Zaman no longer cares about big teams, he says he has played a lot of first class cricket before joining the Pakistan team and now he wants to play Test cricket.
Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed says that Fakhr Zaman was given full opportunity in the Pakistan team and he took full advantage of the opportunity and never looked back. Fakhr Zaman is fast becoming one of the world class batsmen and We want to include him in the Test team in the future, maybe he will start his Test career against Australia.
Sarfraz Ahmed told Geo in an exclusive interview that Fakhr Zaman has the quality of being a big match player. The final of the ICC Champions Trophy against India at the Oval in June last year was a turning point in his career. In the final, the century knocked them to the heights.
The story of 28-year-old Fakhr Zaman is very interesting. He came to Karachi in search of a job, tried his luck for KCCA’s Zone Six U-19 and Zone Seven’s Pakistan Cricket Club.
Meanwhile, Azam Khan introduced him to Nazim Khan who gave him a chance in the Grade II team Navy. Fakhr Zaman moved back to Abbottabad due to family problems, after which he played first-class cricket for Habib Bank. Fakhr Zaman’s first first class match was against Multan.
Sarfraz Ahmed says that after every match, Fakhr Zaman’s game is getting better. About 28-year-old Fakhr Zaman, his captain says that Fakhr was brought to my club Pakistan by Azam Bhai. Even today, Fakhr’s attitude has not changed. He spends most of his time in his room after the match.
Matches in Zimbabwe start early in the morning and the pitch is humid in cold weather. All three matches against Australia in Harare were fast and bouncy, but Fakhr batted with great skill.
Fakhr Zaman scored 278 runs in three national cricket tournaments in Zimbabwe with the help of three half-centuries. He was named man of the match against Australia in the second consecutive T20 match, including the final.
Fakhr Zaman was declared the best player of the match for scoring 91 runs in the final match while Man of the Series was also awarded for scoring 278 runs for the winning team in the series.
Fakhr played five matches in the tournament and has completed 500 runs in the 2018 calendar year. He is the first batsman to win the award in T20.
Fakhr Zaman scored 60 in the first ODI and 117 not out in the second. Sarfraz Ahmed, who captains Pakistan in all three formats, says Fakhr is playing all limited overs matches for Pakistan after the ICC Champions Trophy. His batting balance is very good and he is getting better after every match.
Sarfraz said that Fakhr understands what is being told and overcomes his shortcomings. Fakhr Zaman has no activity other than cricket. After the matches, his teammates go to dinner with Fakhr Zaman, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf. And focus more on cricket.