Stories about Fakhar Zaman

Defeating the undefeated: I believe in #TeamGreen and their dream

When Pakistan lost the toss to New Zealand, I felt that Sarfaraz Ahmed secretly wanted to lose it. Had he won the toss, his decision to bat first or bowl would have been critiqued from all angels. Had he won the toss and batted first, fans would have said, “why bat in overcast conditions?” and had he won and bowled first, fans would have asked, “why chase when we’ve won the last game defending?” Regardless, Pakistan were sent in to field first and the story which unfolded was similar to their previous games. Mohammad Amir was sensational, striking early and ...

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No one can ever call the Pakistan cricket team ‘predictable’ or ‘boring’

At the iconic Lord’s cricket ground, Pakistan won the toss and smartly chose to bat first. The real test for Pakistan was whether they could see off the new ball against quality bowlers like Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. The openers definitely delivered on that front. Just to put things in perspective, after five overs, Pakistan had scored 35 runs, courtesy of seven boundaries. All the shots played were quality strokes, mostly played against good deliveries. This was crucial because when Pakistan’s opening batsmen deliver and lay a good foundation, it usually leads to the middle order firing as well. It wasn’t ...

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From dropping catches to dropping matches, is it the end of the line for Pakistan?

On a morning when ominous looking clouds loomed above, Pakistan won the toss against India. But we soon realised it was to be the only thing that Pakistan would win that day. Due to the overcast conditions, Sarfraz Ahmed chose to bowl first, in what looked like a good decision. Over 330 runs later, he and the Pakistan cricket management realised it was in fact the wrong call. The game followed a similar pattern to the one which Pakistan lost against Australia last Wednesday. Mohammad Amir initially bowled well, only for the pressure to be let off at the other end, ...

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So close yet so far: what happened, Pakistan?

A quintessentially ‘Pakistan’ performance. Going into this match, there was a lot of talk about the role rain would play in the proceedings and I saw just how green the pitch was beforehand. These two factors led me to believe that whoever wins the toss should bowl first. That’s exactly what happened. Pakistan won the toss and bowled first, but what followed was hours of terrible bowling. I feel as if Shaheen Afridi was the root cause of it initially. While Mohammad Amir built pressure at one end, Afridi released it at the other by consistently bowling too short. [caption id="attachment_84197" ...

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They don’t call Pakistan ‘unpredictable’ for nothing

If in the match against West Indies Pakistan played in reverse gear, then their match last night against England saw them shift into fifth gear. After Pakistan lost the toss and were sent in to bat, I was a bit apprehensive about our chances. I felt that the only way we could beat England was if we bowled first, given that the strong English batting line up can chase down any total. And I was almost proven right. Lose 4 nil to the Worlds No1 team coming into the World Cup. Get demolished by a team that had to qualify for the ...

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A day to forget: Can the ‘unpredictable’ Pakistan turn it around?

Pakistan’s encounter with the West Indies yesterday marked the advent of Pakistan’s World Cup campaign. While fans of Pakistan cricket are always wary of the threat the West Indies pose, most people expected Pakistan to emerge victorious. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. To call it a ‘game’ would be undervaluing the effort by the West Indies, and overvaluing Pakistan’s performance. Pakistan was totally outclassed, with the match virtually ending within the first 10 overs, courtesy of some great bowling by the West Indies, coupled with some atrocious Pakistani batting. Pakistan were sent in to bat on a ...

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The night before Pakistan’s World Cup game

After four years of waiting and 27 years of reliving our past glory, now the moment to repeat history is finally here. I lie in my bed, engulfed by the darkness and silence. Sleep should be around the corner but it’s not. I can hear the clock ticking. Each tick is a second closer to the start of Pakistan’s World Cup campaign and that will keep me awake for the rest of the night. I am one of ‘those’ fans. Pakistan cricket has beguiled us for years and our love affair with the World Cup began in 1975. Our foray ...

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Will your favourite team lift the World Cup?

Based on the teams and the roster of players, it looks like the cricket World Cup is going to be super exciting. The team which has the right combinations and resources to play on different pitches and in varying weather conditions will be the one to lift the trophy. So if it’s seaming and swinging, teams will need pacers that can exploit the conditions to their fullest, and if it’s a dry surface, they’ll have to rely on their spinners to provide the vital breakthroughs. This year, the format of the World Cup is such that a team may win ...

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Is Babar Azam a ‘selfish’ batsman?

Pakistan have now lost 10 consecutive ODI matches. A 4-0 drubbing against England, the top ranked ODI team, is not surprising as I had predicted a 4-1 defeat in my previous blog. We were below par in all three departments: bowling, batting and fielding. But many positives have also emerged from this series. The highest run-scorer for Pakistan in the series was Babar Azam. He scored 277 runs at an average of 55.40 and a strike rate of 99.64. However, did those figures help the team in winning any game? If not, then why so? While Azam’s classy batting is very pleasing ...

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#CWC2019: 4 shockers from an uncertain World Cup squad

April has been the month of squad announcements, as the 2019 Cricket World Cup is now merely a month away. Almost all the participating teams have shown their trump cards. Our very own Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq recently revealed the 15-member squad alongside the two reserve players who will be touring England next month and representing the best of Pakistan cricket. Speculations regarding the final 15 had been ongoing for quite a while, and while it all came to end recently, it did not go entirely as everyone expected. BREAKING: Pakistan have announced their #CWC19 squad. 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/NBlvAc2vbo — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) ...

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