Champions Trophy final hero Fakhar Zaman has revealed how two of Indian cricket’s biggest stars Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni reacted after he reached his century. Recalling the incident, Zaman said that although Kohli was trying to get under his skin throughout his knock, the India skipper applauded the Pakistan opener when he scored his maiden ODI century.
However, the left-handed batsman said that he was disappointed to see Dhoni maintaining his usual calm demeanour even after he scored the century at such a big stage.
“When I was batting well, Kohli and others were saying things to me so when I got to hundred I thought they would ignore it but when I looked at Kohli, I saw that he was looking down but graciously clapping for me. I was a little disappointed by MS Dhoni as he did not show much reaction after my hundred” revealed Fakhar Zaman on a Pakistani TV show according to Pakpassion.net.
Zaman’s century led the foundation for Pakistan’s historic win, as the Men in Green outclassed the defending champions by 180 runs to win their maiden Champions Trophy.
Zaman’s Introduction Changes Pakistan’s Fortunes:
Any chance of seeing Pakistan in the semifinal stage of the tournament was looking absolutely bleak after they were hammered by 124 runs in their tournament-opener against India. However, their fortunes completely changed with the introduction of Zaman in place of Ahmed Shehzad from the second game onwards.
Zaman began his campaign with a quickfire 31 in a victory over South Africa before scoring his maiden fifty to help his team beat Sri Lanka and qualify for the semifinal. The southpaw once again proved his worth in the last four stage against hosts and widely touted favourites England by scoring a yet another fifty.
Recalling another hilarious incident that took place when the England players tried to sledge him, Zaman said how he made them stop their verbal attacks by saying ‘no English’
“When we played against England, almost 80% of the fans were our supporters. Azhar Ali kept on telling me to play other shots but I kept on telling him that if I middle it will be a four on mid-wicket and a six if I top edge it. In the England game, I was talking to the umpire in English but also knew that England players were trying to sledge me” said the 27-year old.
“At that time, Plunkett came by me and said something to me, I just shook my head and said ‘no English’ as in I can’t understand it and he went away. After Plunkett had gone, the umpire smiled at me and shook my hand and said well done” he added.