Sarfraz Ahmed calls Fakhar Zaman as superior than Jonty Rhodes for affecting a superb run-out
Fakhar is contributing in the field despite failing with the bat.
Updated - Oct 27, 2018 2:00 pm
Pakistan have been exceptional in the T20Is as they won their 10th consecutive series the other day by defeating Australia by 11 runs. The shortest format where the teams generally struggle for consistency, the Men in Green have been superb. Even their fielding was top notch on Friday while defending 147 runs. Fakhar Zaman produced one of the great run-outs to send back Ben McDermott as his skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has compared him with Jonty Rhodes.
Jonty is still remembered for his heroics in the field during his international career. The former South African once earned a Man of the Match award despite being a substitute fielder as he had involved in six dismissals. Fakhar’s fielding effort was certainly exceptional as it left Australia reeling at 73/6 in the 14th over of the chase.
McDermott tapped the ball and set off for a run only to realise that he has made a mistake. Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman had leapt to his right to get hold of the ball and threw it towards the sticks. The amazing thing about his throw was Fakhar was not even looking at the stumps while throwing the ball and managed to hit the timber to catch the batsman well short of the crease.
Sarfraz Ahmed was visibly delighted with his teammate for the fine effort and ran towards Fakhar to give him a hug. In the post-match press conference, the Pakistan skipper lauded the cricketer for his antics on the field and also went on to say that even Jonty Rhodes wouldn’t have been able to affect such kind of a dismissal. “The way Fakhar Zaman did that run-out, even Jonty Rhodes would not have done a run-out like that,” he said.
While it is arguable if Rhodes could’ve managed it or not, Fakhar deserves all the applauds coming his way. He was brilliant during the series opener as well and this confidence might help him to contribute with the bat after failing in the first couple of matches.