The Soldier…The Savior

On a batting track with smaller boundaries, the target of 184 in a T20I game is quite a piece of cake for batting dominated sides like India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and fully equipped West Indies. However, it may prove to be quiet testing for mediocre batting talents of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Aside, notorious for long tales of collapses while chasing, would spot it a ‘monstrous’ one. The situation even demands some sort of miracle to cross the line if the scorecard shows 2/2 in very first over of the innings.

And this miraculous display of play came from a soldier ‘Fakhar Zaman’. What a fabulous innings it was. He looked to be shaky on the shorter balls in his few early innings though; the man has come up with great improvement in his batting technique to make it a ‘solid’ one. When it has always been quite risky to come up with some prediction about future of Pakistani openers, every innings from Fakhar Zaman has shattered such shackles of distress and disbelieve. Responsible but fearless, aggressive but controlled, another ‘big match’ brilliance after that one in champions trophy final last year, I can surely see a future legend in Fakhar Zaman.

A cricket expert termed Shoaib Malik as ‘a legend of unimportant and easy matches’ a few days ago while expressing his views on Twitter. This is quite ridiculous and unjust. He has continuously served as a reliable and successful power hitter after the retirement of Afridi and Razzaq even if his natural game and technique didn’t allow him to do. He replicated his calculated aggressive innings once again against Australia after the fall of Fakhar Zaman.

As a fan of Pakistani cricket, 9th consecutive T20I series victory for Pakistan is something ‘substantial’ to be proud of. The even more cheerful news came from the stats guru. “Pakistan beats Australia in a trophy final after 19 long years”.

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