Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman slams record; beats Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman slams record; beats Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman slams record; beats Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli

The 28-year-old required just 18 innings to reach the milestone, three-less than Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Quinton de Kock and Babar Azam, all of whom took 21 innings to complete 1000 ODI runs.

The comprehensive win against Zimbabwe by a margin of 5-0 helped Pakistan surpassed its arch-rival India in the list of teams winning most 5-match ODI series by winning each match of it. He scored at least a half-century in four out of the five ODIs, including a career-best 210* in the fourth match, which was also the first ODI double-century by a Pakistani batsman, as well as an unbeaten 117 in the second ODI.

Pakistan pose with the trophy after winning the series against Zimbabwe. "Everyone wanted to bat.but at the same time it's really good to see young players performing like this, like Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have been doing, which is good for the team". Zimbabwe's approach even prompted Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to remove his wicketkeeping pads and gloves in order to bowl a couple of overs in order to close out the game as the visitors clinched the series 5-0.

When Zaman headed into the final match, he had played 17 innings in 2018 and had scored 980 runs.


While Fakhar's batting exploits have been the talk of the series and rightly so, it is easy to forget that his opening partner has had a stellar time as well. The boundaries did dry up for a few overs post the dismissal but Imam at the other end was in his elements again to bring up his third hundred of the series - a feat that only got overshadowed by Zaman's heroics.

It was a series to remember for the Pakistan opening batsman. Imam, the nephew of batting legend Inzamam, scored his 4th ODI century in 9 innings.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq's good work of making 110 was enriched by Babar Azam in the one down position; he managed a throbbing 106 runs facing just 76 deliveries. Prince Masvaure made 39 and Ryan Murray contributed 47 - personal bests for both players in their short careers.

So, they will be looking for a win to avoid the whitewash in their home.

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