‘There could be another 200 by Fakhar in next match’, says Arthur


HARARE: Pakistan cricket team head coach Micky Arthur congratulated opener Fakhar Zaman on his 200-run innings against Zimbabwe on Friday and said that there could be another double century by him in next match on Sunday.

Zaman became the first Pakistan batsman to achieve this milestone during fourth One Day International (ODI).

In his video message, Arthur said before the match he and Zaman discussed this possibility. “On the way to the ground, I said if we bat first, he can score the 200,” said the head coach, adding he should enjoy the moment but there could be another one on Sunday.

Furthermore, national team captain Sarfraz Ahmed also congratulated Fakhar Zaman stating that whole team was hoping that he will score 200 because of his tremendous form.

“Congratulations to Fakhar on becoming first Pakistani to score 200 runs in ODIs,” said Sarfraz.

Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistan player to hit a double century in one-day internationals, racing to 210 not out in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe on Friday.

Fakhar also eclipsed the Pakistan record for the highest ODI score, the 194 that Saeed Anwar scored against India more than 20 years ago.

Having bizarrely watched the first 22 balls of the match from the non-striker’s end, Fakhar made up for lost time by crunching seven fours in bringing up his fifty from just 51 balls. He then raced to three figures from 92 deliveries, his third ODI century and his second of the series, including 11 fours and a six.

The southpaw — who remained unbeaten on 210 — became the sixth cricketer to smack an ODI double century.

This was also Zaman’s second triple-figure score of the series. In his four innings, Zaman is yet to be dismissed in this series and has already amassed a total of 430 runs.

He was also crowned as the Player of the Match for his blistering knock.