Fakhar Zaman got the cricketing fraternity talking by becoming the first player to score a double hundred. He made 210 runs off 156 balls during the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. Fakhar Zaman becomes the sixth batsman to achieve this feat and it was quite obvious that the knock would garner praises from the cricketing greats.
Shahid Afridi who recently declared his retirement, showered words of praises on Fakhar Zaman. He took to Twitter and labelled him as a world class opener. His tweet read, “Brilliant performance Fakhar Zaman! You're turning into a world-class opener. Richly deserved, champion in the making.”
Brilliant performance Fakhar Zaman! You're turning into a world-class opener. Richly deserved, champion in the making. #ZIMVPAK
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 20, 2018
Dean Jones also praised the youngster. He posted a tweet which read, “Well done to Fakhar Zaman to become the first Pakistani to score a Double 💯 in ODI. #gun #210 Also to our little dynamo @AasifAli2018 for his first 50! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.”
Well done to Fakhar Zaman to become the first Pakistani to score a Double 💯 in ODI. #gun #210
Also to our little dynamo @AasifAli2018 for his first 50! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) July 20, 2018
After winning the toss Pakistan elected to bat. In his innings of 210, Zaman scored 24 fours and eight sixes. With this he surpassed Saeed Anwar’s record of 194 runs in the opening position. Imam – Ul-Haq, who scored his third century made 113 runs off 122 balls with eight fours and no sixes. Both made a partnership of 304 runs, which is slated as the highest opening partnership score. This innings helped Pakistan made a total of 399 runs in the fourth ODI, surpassing their previous highest score of 385 runs which was made against Bangladesh in Dumbulla. Zimbabwe got all out on 155 runs.