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    "The last two weeks have completely changed my life" : Fakhar Zaman

    Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman reflects on CT17-winning ton that changed his life: 'I should be prepared for criticism'

    The Katlang tehsil of Mardan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan is fairly prosperous. It has all the basic facilities. The Friday fair in the tehsil is popular in the district. But after 18 June — a day that saw Pakistan defeat India in the final of the Champions Trophy, Katlang has become a mini tourist destination in the area.

    Hundreds of locals from the nearby areas are turning up every day to catch a glimpse of the hero of the match Fakhar Zaman. The left-handed opening batsman virtually shut India out of the match with a well-paced century. Zaman rode his luck in the final after Jasprit Bumrah had him caught behind in the fourth over of Pakistan’s innings, but the umpire detected a no ball. And from that point on, Zaman didn't look back.

    A former employee of the Pakistani Navy, Zaman says that his 114-run innings marked by 12 fours and three sixes from 106 balls has given him newfound confidence. He doesn’t think that it came against his team's arch rivals, instead, he believes that he scored his maiden ODI century against the strongest team in cricket at the moment.

    In a telephonic interview from Mardan, Zaman confesses that since his match-winning knock, he has received a lot of calls from eminent personalities of Pakistan, including the prime minister. But, he adds that the advice he received from another legend of Mardan, Younis Khan, rings most clearly in his ears in the midst of all the noise.

    What does this innings against India in the Champions Trophy mean to you?

    My confidence got a huge boost after that inning. There are two things I would like to share here to describe what this hundred means to me. First, there has been no good news for Pakistani cricket since so long. Second, I made hundred in the final against India, which is the best team in the world. Scoring against the best players in cricket is a totally different feeling. Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and so many others. It (the century) has pumped up my confidence and taken it to a different level.

    Do you think scoring a big score in the final against India will help you mature as a batsman?

    Of course, scoring against India is huge thing, but it will also put me under the scanner. So, from now on, I have to face a different kind of pressure and there will be lots of expectation from me. Clearly, if scoring a hundred against India makes you a star and you fail to repeat such a performance against any other team, it could be disastrous. I think I have to be ready to face that.

    You were on three when Jasprit Bumrah had you caught behind, but it was a no ball. Where and when do think the Indians lost their plot against you after that?

    I was very ill the night before the final. The team doctor was with me in my room for the duration of the night. If the Indian team had a normal plan against me — keep bowling on a good length and have two slips with the new ball, they could have got me out cheaply as my reflexes were slower because of my illness and the treatment. But they had different plans that restricted me and didn't really allow me to play any of my shots. There was a deep square leg and short mid-wicket when the new ball was in operation. They blocked me completely. So, I held back and decided to wait for the spinners. It turned out to be my day as I was dismissed, but it happened to be a no ball. Then I hit the Indian spinners around at will.

    The Indian players were targetting you verbally as well. Do you remember anything that was said while you were batting?

    There was a lot of chatter when Azhar Ali and I were at the crease. Virat was constantly saying, "Arre, ek wicket nikal jayega toh yeh saare out ho jaayenge. Bas ek ko nikaalo jaldi (If we get one wicket, the rest will collapse)." Bumrah had me caught behind, but it was off a no ball. So, he was also very vocal. On one occasion, he said, "Thoda saamne bhi run banaa le. Kab tak aise khelega?(Make some runs in front of the wicket. How long are you going to play like this?)" But to be honest, the Indian players didn’t cross any line. Actually, that was purely cricket-related and positive sledging, which is fine. Everyone wants to see his team win and they do their best to achieve that.

    Your team were not in contention. Losing the first match against India was a bad beginning in a big tournament like the Champions Trophy. How did things change in the final?

    Azhar and I decided that we would not give away our wickets early, whether or not we were scoring in the initial stages of the match. In earlier matches, I was stepping down and hitting the ball. But I decided to hold myself back. Before the match, we thought a total of around 250 would be competitive, but when we put together a 100-run opening partnership, a score of 300 became a realistic target. By the end of the innings, we had 338 runs on the scoreboard. To be honest, we had no meeting before the final as we knew that India was a tough team to beat. Ahead of earlier matches, there were meetings, but before final there was no meeting and everyone was very relaxed. However, after the toss the captain appealed to everyone to give 100 percent.

    What advice did Younis Khan give you after Pakistan won the Champions Trophy?

    I spoke to Younis bhai five day ago. We spoke for around 30 minutes. He told me how to handle this sudden change in my cricketing life. Actually, his advice to me was that this fame is nothing but an illusion, and it could lead me to disaster. I have to always keep my feet on the ground. He said everyone, including the media is praising me now, but the same people will criticise me in the future if I fail. I should be ready to face that too. So, I have to play even better to prove that my knock in the Champions Trophy was not a fluke. Every word Younis bhai said to me is still buzzing in my ears.

    Who is Fakhar Zaman for the people of Pakistan now?

    I am the same Fakhar Zaman, but people are treating me like a hero. I just came back from Karachi. I had to keep my homecoming a secret. But when I reached home, around 400 people — some of whom had travelled more than 200 kilometres — were waiting for me. My parents told me hundreds of people have been turning up to see me. Everyone wants to get a selfie with me and so far, hundreds of elders have kissed me on the cheeks (laughs), which is a little peculiar, but also something I had never imagined. The last two weeks have completely changed my life.

    http://www.firstpost.com/sports/i-sh...e-3785811.html


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    What a down to earth, humble lad. Need more of such characters in the team. Ready to put in the hard yards. Ready to put his spot in the team at risk. Ready to play selfless cricket.

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    Great interview- love his attitude, which should hopefully help him grow as a player.

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    His attitude is a real positive, seems like a hard worker who is not going to get carried away. Hope he follow Younis' advice.


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    Pakistan toh Abhi tak celebrations main Aisa dooba hua hai jaise Football World Cup Jeet liya Ho

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    India best team in the world, scoring against best players is great. Then goes on to name Kohli, Yuv and Dhoni lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by czar View Post
    Pakistan toh Abhi tak celebrations main Aisa dooba hua hai jaise Football World Cup Jeet liya Ho
    Champions ka World Cup as said by STAR SPORTS


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    Humble guy. Hope he stays this way.



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    Brilliant inclusion to our amazing side.

    Guess I was right in demanding for his inclusion, then? @Ellipsism @Chief Destroyer


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    Nice interview. A great find for Pakistan.

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    It is a pity he has given no credit to Brendon McCullum, it was he who dropped Azhar Ali and promoted Fakhar at the top for Lahore Qalandars. I saw him at Sharjah playing as an opener against Karachi, he played with confidence and just looked like upcoming Sharjeel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarwar89 View Post
    It is a pity he has given no credit to Brendon McCullum, it was he who dropped Azhar Ali and promoted Fakhar at the top for Lahore Qalandars. I saw him at Sharjah playing as an opener against Karachi, he played with confidence and just looked like upcoming Sharjeel.
    He has given plenty of credit to McCullum in other interviews.


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    Had been calling for his introduction to the international arena for the last 1 year but Pakistan continued with mediocrity.

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    Good interview.Seems humble and grounded.

    Good to see he wants to continue working hard.

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    Good to see Younis make the effort and give him a call to give sound advice

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    But they had different plans that restricted me and didn't really allow me to play any of my shots. There was a deep square leg and short mid-wicket when the new ball was in operation. They blocked me completely. So, I held back and decided to wait for the spinners. It turned out to be my day as I was dismissed, but it happened to be a no ball. Then I hit the Indian spinners around at will.
    Like reading this. Important to bat according to the situation and with a plan in mind. Explains why Fakhar was circumspect at first before opening up.

    Could have a bright future ahead of him if he keeps working hard and improving his technique.

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    'Actually, his advice to me was that this fame is nothing but an illusion, and it could lead me to disaster. I have to always keep my feet on the ground". Good to see he is remembering Yonus's advise. Something Umer Akmal, Sharjeel, Salman Butt, Mohd Asif,......and so many others did not comprehend.

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    Guy has a great attitude and hopefully goes a long way.

    Very interesting to hear that they were looking for 250, ive heard imad wasim saying that they planned for 360 before the match, i would believe zaman over wasim.

    250 against india in a final would have been ridiculous

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    I hope he is just trolling the parosees that 250ish was the plan...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yokoonodie View Post
    Guy has a great attitude and hopefully goes a long way.

    Very interesting to hear that they were looking for 250, ive heard imad wasim saying that they planned for 360 before the match, i would believe zaman over wasim.

    250 against india in a final would have been ridiculous
    Sarfraz said at the toss that hopefully they can put 300+ runs.


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    Wish him good luck!

    P.S: I was impressed by his captaincy for Balochistan but need to see more.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarwar89 View Post
    It is a pity he has given no credit to Brendon McCullum, it was he who dropped Azhar Ali and promoted Fakhar at the top for Lahore Qalandars. I saw him at Sharjah playing as an opener against Karachi, he played with confidence and just looked like upcoming Sharjeel.
    How many more times do you want to hear that from him?He has already done that many times now. This was a different interview so he was telling about something else. Enjoy the change.

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    Great attitude.

    Top advice from Younis Khan too! It's good to see a veteran reach out to illustrate the importance of remaining even-keeled during the highs and lows of one's career.

    This is something that's sunk players in the past.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Square Drive View Post
    Brilliant inclusion to our amazing side.

    Guess I was right in demanding for his inclusion, then? @Ellipsism @Chief Destroyer
    Well, he was the only feasible option to replace the dot ball king.

    Anyhow, I still maintain that he is no long term prospect.

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    There is a difference between being arrogant and delusional. Kohli is arrogant but not delusional, and thats the way a player should be. Arrogant on the ground, sensible off the ground. No need to be fakely humble.

    He sounds quite mature and sensible as a human being. I think NAVY is the reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarfiBabarHaris View Post
    Wish him good luck!

    P.S: I was impressed by his captaincy for Balochistan but need to see more.
    Yeah, the thing that impressed me the most about his captaincy was his willingness to give new and talented players a chance. He was an emerging player himself trying to get into the national side, still he had no fear of losing his place. Selecting players on merit. Very opposite to the like of Akmal Brothers and Sohail Tanvir.

    I want to see him captain more sides. Preferably captain of a PSL team.

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    Well he may look like a tuller, but he is not. There is a method to his madness, a technique that works and self beleif.

    Heard him saying that he doesnot fear bouncers, if i top edge the ball it will go over the head of keeper for six, if ball is timed it will go to midwicket. Crazy thinking, but it worked

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