Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Hopes pinned on opening batsman to repeat heroics of Champions Trophy 2017 in mega event

If Fakhar Zaman can repeat his heroics of the summer of 2017 to help his side to their second World title, he will be elevated to a legendary status by the cricket-mad fans of Pakistan.

Saj Sadiq, Apr 23, 2019 15:14:26 IST

The stage was set for the mother of all battles on 18 June 2017 at The Oval. A very confident India took the field in the final of the Champions Trophy with many predicting a convincing victory for Virat Kohli’s side. What the Indian think-tank did not include in their calculations was the sheer brilliance and unwavering determination of one man, Fakhar Zaman. On a day when fortune favoured the brave, Fakhar hit 114 runs in an innings which defied all odds, thereby instantly catapulting him to the status of a national hero for Pakistan with his side trouncing their arch-rivals by 180 runs to win the title.

File image of Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman. AP

File image of Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman. AP

A former Pakistan Navy employee, Fakhar Zaman’s penchant to take on bowlers without fear has become his trademark and earned him plaudits from all quarters. Later on, he bettered his previous high score of 114 in a ODI with a double-century against a hapless Zimbabwe and became the first Pakistani to achieve this honour and sixth in the world to do so.

His fortunes since those heady days have wavered a bit with some below par-performances in the Asia Cup but a total of 1442 runs in 31 ODI games for his country and an average of 53.40 tells a story of immense promise and huge potential. With England a happy hunting ground for Pakistan in historical terms, it is this ability to score runs at breakneck speed that Mickey Arthur and Sarfaraz Ahmed will be counting on when Fakhar takes the field once again in England for the ODI series against England and then in the real test versus the best during the World Cup.

If Fakhar Zaman can repeat his heroics of the summer of 2017 to help his side to their second World title, he will be elevated to a legendary status by the cricket-mad fans of Pakistan.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:07:19 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254