Saturday, 20 July 2019

Fakhar Zaman can lead Pakistan to World Cup glory, says Imam

KARACHI: Pakistan opening batsman Imamul Haq believes that Fakhar Zaman – who became the first Pakistan batsman to score a double century in ODI cricket – can help Pakistan win the World Cup because of the amount of talent he possesses.

Speaking in an interview after the conclusion of the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, Imam said that he was pleased with the way Zaman performed and hoped that he would play more innings like this in the future as well.

“It’s a big achievement. Pakistan will benefit a lot from him, he is such a talent that he can help Pakistan win the World Cup,” Imam said.

He added: “It’s early days in his career and it takes players years to achieve what he has done. I hope Allah helps him to play many long innings.”

Imam and Zaman’s 304-run stand broke the world record for the highest opening partnership in ODI cricket — but this was not something the duo were playing for, according to Imam.

“We weren’t thinking about any records, we were trying to play ball to ball and over to over. The management told us to make big hundreds if we got set,” he said.

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