I've reduced my fat level, weight is same: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed

I’ve reduced my fat level, weight is same: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed

The wicketkeeper-batsman looked fitter in the recently-concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 31: Sarfaraz Ahmed of Pakistan (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

This year’s World Cup was nothing less than a disaster for Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed. He was under immense pressure to deliver as Pakistan had entered the competition on the back of two heavy defeats. Pakistan had lost to Australia 5-0 in UAE before England thrashed them 4-0. In the warm-up game before the World Cup, Pakistan had also lost to Afghanistan. And not much changed into the World Cup either.

The Men in Green did struggle to hit the ground running early in the competition which eventually cost them a place in the semifinal. Pakistan had the same number of wins as that of New Zealand but could not make it to the last four due to poor net run-rate. What made things worse for Sarfaraz was his indifferent batting and poor fitness.

All hell broke lose when the camera captured him yawning when Pakistan were playing against arch-rivals India. He was also captured by some fans buying burger and other junk foods. Fortunately, he managed to retain his captaincy. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman looked fitter in the recently-concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.

No surprises then that he was asked about his weight while he was talking to the journalists. In response, the 2017 Champions Trophy-winning skipper stated that while he has not reduced his weight, he has reduced his fat level. “I haven’t reduced weight, I have reduced my fat levels. The weight is the same,” said Sarfaraz Ahmed as quoted by Pak Passion.

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Meanwhile, Sarfaraz led Pakistan to a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in the three-match series. The series marked the return of ODIs in Karachi and the players did well to give the fans a lot to cheer about. After the first game was washed out, Pakistan won the second one by 67 runs to take an unassailable lead. In the third ODI, the hosts won by 5 wickets.

Recently, he became the second wicketkeeper after the legendary MS Dhoni to lead his side in 50 ODIs. Sarfaraz achieved the milestone in the second ODI at the National Stadium in Karachi. The former Indian skipper has captained in 200 games in the 50-overs format.

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