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    Fakhar Zaman "Needed an innings like this and I had been trying to play like this for a while"

    Fakhar Zaman speaking at end of the game:

    "Absolutely true - I needed an innings like this as I had been trying to play one like this for a while; Luckily I had some time off in which I worked on my batting and all that work paid off today which is very pleasing"

    "My plan was to play like I normally do and based on my preparations for the PSL, the idea was not to hit the ball too hard but play it based on merit"

    "Playing alongside Hafeez meant that I had no pressure on me and I was giving strike to him; He was saying to me that look I am getting some good hits so don't take extra risk; I took his advice and made sure that Hafeez played most of the balls, and to punish bad balls if they came"

    "It will be my effort to try and get a good start to my innings in each match I play, so lets see how it goes"


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    Question really is if he can play more like this innings in the upcoming games?


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    It would be a mouth watering opening combo for Pakistan if we have an in form Fakhar Zaman & Sharjeel Khan.

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    Consistency is the key for Fakhar.

    If he can perform consistently, he will contend for the opening slot too.

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    We can already see that Haider & Azam are at least 3 years away from being international material.

    Fakhar has had some success in the past and could hold the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    It would be a mouth watering opening combo for Pakistan if we have an in form Fakhar Zaman & Sharjeel Khan.
    That idiot was too busy trying to make cheap bucks at PSL.

    Fakhar was coming into his own and Sharjeel was having the time of his life- it was gonna be epic. Still can be though.

    Despite that- Azhar did a good job in ODIs. Played the innings of his life in CT. Somehow, everything came together that day (no it was not a fluke, but every one pulled up for whatever reason. Wallahu Alam)
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    Good to see hey played well ...i hope he can perform during the rest of the psl as well

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    Can he bat in the middle-order?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Can he bat in the middle-order?
    Dont think he is intelligent enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    Dont think he is intelligent enough.
    Just need him to play a 30 (18) innings, which is he more than capable of. Might not have it in him to open the innings at this point, seeing how he's been out of form.


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    Hope he gets back in form and regains his confidence. Pakistan need an in form Fakhar opening for T20's as he is genuine boundary hitter with a good strike rate. A top of 4 of Fakhar, Rizwan, Barbar and Hafeez will do some damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Just need him to play a 30 (18) innings, which is he more than capable of. Might not have it in him to open the innings at this point, seeing how he's been out of form.
    His game is suited to pacers in the power play.

    Playing spin in the middle order and taking singles would be a struggle for him. I rather play Iftikhar in the middle order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    It would be a mouth watering opening combo for Pakistan if we have an in form Fakhar Zaman & Sharjeel Khan.
    Where would you play Babar? Where would you play the keeper? Where would you play Hafeez?

    The truth is, the way the current combination is stacking up, it would be a big deal for even one out of Fakhar or Sharjeel to make the final 11.

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    isn't this his first inning in a while that he played good

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    It was nice to see him play shots along the ground early into his innings before playing lofty shots later on. Too often, his timing isn't great and he plays risky lofty shots and sees himself get out early.

    If he keeps focusing on strike rotation and playing more shots along the ground before being really set, he could regain his old form. And I hope he does to be honest. Pakistan require more quick batsmen, particularly one that is left-handed, fit and a good fielder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Where would you play Babar? Where would you play the keeper? Where would you play Hafeez?

    The truth is, the way the current combination is stacking up, it would be a big deal for even one out of Fakhar or Sharjeel to make the final 11.
    Considering the fact that our middle order is so useless these days I would get Babar at 3, Rizwan at 4 and Hafeez at 5.

    I know Rizwan is having the time of his life as an opener but in reality he is a number 4 batsman in all forms of the game in my opinion.

    Picture this:

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    Shadab
    Imad
    Faheem
    Hasan
    Shaheen
    Usman

    The opening combo can potentially get us 60 in the first 6 overs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Can he bat in the middle-order?
    I always thought its something that can be tried or looked into....if it doesnt work and leave him as opener

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    Fakhar played like a proper batsman today.Previously he used to lunge at the ball or use brute force to score boundaries.Today His was time the ball nicely.He should learn from Hafeez who was hitting sixes with minimum effort.

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    He can never play a fluent innings to save his life. He will always offer a chance to the opposition with his hacking. Against the international class Big 5, his hacking will not work consistently. He has to improve his game

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    I think we should try him middle order. We aren't spoilt for choice, and there's few players who play at a high SR yet have had consistent success including against top teams for a decent period of time. We don't really have many power hitters, Sharjeel, Asif Ali, Fakhar, umar akmal are the only ones I can think of available who are actually batsmen who can hit reliably. Asif Ali averages are poor, Sharjeel is unfit and has fixed, Umar akmal is unfit, poor latest international form and banned currently. Fakhar seems the only one left from this group. The rest are allrounders who can tonk a few like Faheem and Imad who aren't really main batsmen that set the tone of an innings. Fakhar's literally all that's left, we badly need him back in form.


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    He needs to continue playing more orthodox take his time early and cut out the cross batted slogs

    He looks and scores so much better when hes not blindly hacking


    If pakistan cricket is to move forward they need to stop going back

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    Hope he stays consistent. Loving Hafeez form, maybe too late?
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    Thatís a lot for MOM prize money close to 5k usd . Has PSL prize money increased from last year?

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    He still merits a spot as an ODI opener. (Better than imam)

    Needs more innings like these for T20I selection.

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    Let's not get fooled by performances in psl. Plz recall even Kamran Ajmal scored so many big knocks in PSL. I am not convinced about Fakhar at all. He had ample chances in intl and was failing before dropped. He also didn't produce much in Pakistan cup and seems to be having same technique and weaknesses as before. Unless he has done good work on weaknesses and can really have a extraordinary psl I would not consider him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    Considering the fact that our middle order is so useless these days I would get Babar at 3, Rizwan at 4 and Hafeez at 5.

    I know Rizwan is having the time of his life as an opener but in reality he is a number 4 batsman in all forms of the game in my opinion.

    Picture this:

    Fakhar
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    Hafeez
    Shadab
    Imad
    Faheem
    Hasan
    Shaheen
    Usman

    The opening combo can potentially get us 60 in the first 6 overs.
    More than likely, two out of form openers will not survive for a couple of overs against the likes of Boult, Southee, Rabada, Archer and Starc.
    By batting Rizwan and Hafeez out of position, you're shooting yourself in the foot. They are out best batsmen on form and should be batting in their preferred positions. Neither of these bats can start playing their shots from ball one, unlike Fakhar and Sharjeel. Also, seven bowlers is overkill. You should have an extra batsman instead.


    This is a better lineup:

    Rizwan
    Babar
    Hafeez
    Fakhar
    Sharjeel
    (Insert slogger/finisher)
    Faheem
    Shadab
    Hasan
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    Shaheen


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    Quote Originally Posted by globalcitizen View Post
    That’s a lot for MOM prize money close to 5k usd . Has PSL prize money increased from last year?
    last year prize for MOM was 4,500

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    Fakhar still isn't really international class.

    All the major teams have worked him out.

    There's no evidence he has developed enough and improvised enough to counter that. And overcome his weaknesses.

    Keep hopes low.

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    Fakhar is very lucky to have Hafeez with him, He should learn from him, I have just read the Hafeez interview on cricket monthly and how he has also helped Rizwan on hitting. Fascinating stuff, Must read for all.

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    Well that didnt last long! out for 9 (11) - Dont think big changes expected from Fakhar


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    He hasnt improved at all since 2017 WC. His double hundred against zimbabwe was clearly the case of club level bowlers.

    He has been found out, cramp him for room and you will get his wicket, sadly havent found a replacement for him in international cricket.

    He will continue to torture us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Well that didnt last long! out for 9 (11) - Dont think big changes expected from Fakhar
    tbf to him it was a good ball

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    Cramped for room and nicks the edge:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Can he bat in the middle-order?
    This is a good suggestion because Fakhar's weakness is against the hard new ball when it's bowled short at him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir-fraz View Post
    He hasnt improved at all since 2017 WC. His double hundred against zimbabwe was clearly the case of club level bowlers.

    He has been found out, cramp him for room and you will get his wicket, sadly havent found a replacement for him in international cricket.

    He will continue to torture us.
    Which is why he should bat in the middle-order. He's good against spin and can take out the opposition's weaker bowlers on his day. On average, he should be able to get us a quick-fire 20 which is good enough from a #4.

    Babar and Rizwan will be a good opening pair and Hafeez is our ace at #3.


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