Fakhar Zaman’s golden touch with bat could earn him Test cap soon
The southpaw is the only left-handed batsman apart from Chris Gayle to boast of a double century in ODI cricket.
Updated - Jul 24, 2018 5:01 pm
Pakistan’s prolific opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who is having a golden touch with the bat at the moment and smashed one record after another in the recent bilateral series against Zimbabwe, could earn his maiden Test cap soon.
Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said after whitewashing Zimbabwe 5-0 I the recent series that Zaman, who became the first Pakistani to hit a double ton in ODIs in the series, could be tried in Pakistan’s next Test engagements in the UAE against Australia in October this year.
Ahmed said Zaman’s current form could make him an opening batsman who can attack the opponents from the word go.
“We told Fakhar if you make 100 in 30 overs & then bat next 15/20 overs you can make 200. After 30 overs he started hitting Pathan way shots so we thought to let him be, if he’s going to do it he’ll manage himself. After 35 overs we didn’t send any more messages,” Ahmed said on Zaman’s innings of 210 not out against the Africans.
Pakistan will play Australia in two Tests, five ODIs and one T20I in the UAE.
Zaman on the fringes to playing Test cricket
Zaman also became only the second left-handed batsman after West Indian Chris Gayle to hit an ODI double century and also the fastest batsman in ODIs to reach 1,000 runs. He took just 18 innings to make the four-digit club, bettering Sir Vivian Richards’s record by three innings.
Zaman currently averages above 76 in the 50-over format with three centuries and six fifties. His maiden international hundred came in the final of the Champions Trophy (CT) against India in England last year when he slammed 114 off 106 balls to see his team win and lift their first CT title. The batsman, who made his international debut last year, has also played 22 T20Is in which he has a strike rate of 143 plus.
Zaman also posted with partner Imam-ul-Haq the highest -ever opening partnership (304) in Bulawayo, surpassing the previous best of 286 scripted between Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya against England in Leeds in 2006.