The blistering Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman amused everyone with his sensational knock against New Zealand in the rain-hit 35th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. He smashed an unbeaten knock of 126 runs off just 81 balls, hitting 8 fours and 11 massive sixes to help Pakistan win by 21 runs as per the DLS method.
Meanwhile, the former Indian opener and now, the commentator, Virender Sehwag came up with the praising remarks for Fakhar Zaman. Sehwag also questioned the Pakistan management for ignoring the 33-year-old star batter in the five matches and going ahead with Imam-ul-Haq despite of his poor form.
“What an innings by Fakhar Zaman, by far Pakistan’s best batter. Which brains kept him on the bench for the best part of the tournament, God knows. Protein ki bhi kami nahin, jazbe ki bhi (Neither he lacks protein nor the passion),” wrote Sehwag in a recent post on his official X handle (Formerly Twitter).
Here’s a look at the X-post by Virender Sehwag:
What an innings by Fakhar Zaman, by far Pakistan’s best batter. Which brains kept him on the bench for the best part of the tournament, God knows.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 4, 2023
Protein ki bhi kami nahin, jajbe ki bhi . #NZvsPak pic.twitter.com/t6GdvKRjJ5
Speaking of the action of the match, the Pakistan skipper won the toss and asked New Zealand to bat first; batting first, the Kiwis posted a massive total of 401 runs, thanks to the brilliant knocks played by skipper Kane Williamson and young batter Rachin Ravindra. Williamson and Ravindra played the crucial knocks of 95 and 108 runs, respectively to help New Zealand post a total of 401 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 50 overs.
While chasing the target, Pakistan lost their first wicket very early as in-form opener Abdullah Shafique fell prey to Tim Southee just on the team’s score of 6 runs in the second over. But then came the swashbuckling century scored by Fakhar Zaman (126 off just 81), alongside skipper Babar Azam’s half-century (66 runs, 6 fours and 2 sixes). Pakistan had scored 200 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 25.3 overs before the match was called off due to rain.
Eventually, the men in green were declared winners by 21 runs as per the DLS method calculations, keeping their hopes alive in the tournament.
Here’s how fans reacted to Virender Sehwag’s appreciation post for Fakhar Zaman
Protein ki Kami Pakistani management Aur Captain mein Hain..— मैं भारतवासी🇮🇳 (@SachienTayal) November 4, 2023
They kept him on the bench for the tournament by far & getting punished for that.
A super knock, outstanding batting display.
Jab dimaag mein biryani ho , toh Kahan Yaad rahega playing squad..
I think pakistani management gave to preference to parchi player...— @vipin mishra 🇮🇳 (@viplnt) November 4, 2023
Thats the reason Fakar zaman out of the Squads...
Fantastic 💯 Fakhar Zaman.Keeps the chase alive for pakistan.Fakhar is the Only one man standing between NZ win and Pak loss otherwise this chase is already killed by Babar Azam at the other end.— Sujeet Suman (@sujeetsuman1991) November 4, 2023
Protein ki Kami wala bench par betha hye— Ahmad Hassan Bobak (@ahmad_bobak) November 4, 2023
Bilkul no doubt bahut acha khela fakar ,,, shayad thoda pahle team me lete to shayad pak ke liye acha rahta par koi ni Bharat ne bhi thakur ko liye rakha shami ko bahar rakh ke dono player ko jab jab mokha Mila apne apne Desh k liye dono ne garda uda Diya 👍🔥— Gyanendra Kumar (@Gyanendraboudh) November 4, 2023
Complete mismanagement by Pakistan— Abhishek Tiwari (Pareek) (@BlueOcean_Con77) November 4, 2023
Whatta player is @FakharZamanLive
Absolutely gritty and champions knock
Treat to watch his power hitting
Uff protein pic.twitter.com/QeBGTbVjjZ— Secular Chad (@SachabhartiyaRW) November 4, 2023
Better excellent performance 😀— जे पी प्रजापति साँचोली (@JPSancholi) November 4, 2023
Fakhar going berserk today 🔥— Hamza Tariq (@_HamzaPro) November 4, 2023
Yehi dukh h. Fakhr is the only player from Pakistan who can hit long long sixes easily.— Izhar (@Izharmhk32) November 4, 2023