‘That No-Ball Made Me,’ Zaman relives Champions Trophy Heroics Ahead of World Cup
The final fight between India and Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 led Fakhar Zaman to Pakistan’s mainstay. Indian seamer, Jasprit Bumrah‘s no-ball came as a boon for Fakhar Zaman who later earned a 92-ball century. The team, later, registered a historic victory against India with a big difference of 180 runs.
In fact, Zaman revealed that the night before 2017 Champions Trophy final, he had a dream of being dismissed on a no-ball. And with just three runs, Bumrah had him wrapped around his stumps. However, after reviewing, it resulted in Bumrah overstepping which led Zaman to hit a century off 92 balls. What started perfectly, ended as a total flop for India when they lost the match in just 30.3 overs.
In an interview, Zaman states this tournament-winning knock was his life maker. Buckling up to lead Pakistan’s batting line-up, Zaman insists that the no-ball made him the superstar he is now.
“That no-ball made me. I had a dream before the final that I have been dismissed off a no-ball and it proved to be true. Initially, I was very depressed as I promised my parents to do well in that match,” Zaman told PTI.
Playing My Part in the World Cup will Be My Top Priority: Zaman
With 252 runs in four matches, Zaman became the poster boy for Pakistan in international matches. And ever since, he has played 36 ODI matches where he has scored a total of 1642 runs. However, he could not maintain his ‘see the ball, hit the ball’ attitude for long.
Recently, in an ODI series against England, the left-handed batsman could manage to score 200 runs in five matches. He made a century and a half-century during the series.
Fakhar Zaman now thrives for more and is willing to take the responsibility to lead his team to World Cup 2019 title.
“I was very lucky and ever since that century I have become famous. But with that fame comes responsibility and I have become more mature and now I realise the importance of playing my part. That will be my top priority in the World Cup,” he said.
With the World Cup 2019 knocking at the door, everyone is pumped up to see how it unfolds for Pakistan. Where India is being predicted as one of the favourites, Pakistan holds an army of strong bowlers. Both the teams will face each other in the 22nd match of the tournament at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 16.
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