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Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai credits big-hitting skills to watching 'TV and videos'

  • Reuters
  • February 27th, 2019
  • 21:37:53 IST

Bengaluru: Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai, who gained instant fame after smashing six sixes in an over in the Afghanistan Premier League last year, said his explosive style was self-taught from watching videos early in his career.

Zazai, nicknamed the ‘Afghanistani Gayle’ after West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, became only the sixth player to achieve the feat in a match for club side Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in October.

Hazratullah Zazai (162 not out) and Usman Ghani (73) shared a record first-wicket stand of 236. Image credit: Twitter/@ACBofficials

File image of Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai. Image credit: Twitter/@ACBofficials

The 20-year-old revealed he did not have formal coaching until he broke into the Under-19 side.

"At the club, we didn't have any coaches. I just watched TV and videos and learnt and made adjustments," Zazai told ESPNcricinfo in an interview in Bengaluru.

Recalling his six blitz, Zazai said he had no choice but to attack the experienced left-arm spinner Abdullah Mazari as they chased a daunting total before falling short by 21 runs.

“I usually like to take a look at the bowler, but the target was 245, so I had to go after every ball. He is an experienced bowler but I had to try to hit him,” Zazai said.

Gayle, who hit 80 for the Legends in that match, had some words of advice for the youngster.

“He later told me I should keep batting the same way, and that my game was good,” Zazai added.

Zazai carried his form to the national team, equalling the record for the fastest T20 fifty during an unbeaten 162 off 62 deliveries last Saturday, as Afghanistan reached a record T20 international total of 278-3 to beat Ireland by 84 runs.

His half-century came off 12 balls to match the record shared by Gayle and Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh.

Updated Date: February 27, 2019 21:37:53 IST

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