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Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has revealed that head coach Mickey Arthur challenged him to score a double century against Zimbabwe in the recently concluded ODI series.
Zaman accomplished the feat in the fourth ODI, where he struck a career-best 210 not out.
Zaman joined an elite club following his spectacular knock as he became just the sixth player to score a double century in ODI cricket.
In addition, his knock was the fifth-highest in ODI history and the highest by a Pakistani batsman.
Overall, Zaman scored 515 runs in five ODIs, which included two centuries and two fifties, at an average of 257.50.
“Mickey was telling me before the toss that if we win it, we will bat first and he said I want you to score a double-hundred,” Zaman was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “He was telling me the same thing a couple of days ago also but I applied myself and made it.
“Mickey was saying that due to my form, he wanted 200 from me, not 100. He kept saying to take it long. I was lucky also as a few chances went in the gap. I am feeling very happy.”
Zaman also admitted that he is over the moon to have surpassed Saeed Anwar’s record of 194, which puts him at the top of the list when it comes to Pakistani batsmen with the highest scores in ODI cricket.
“Saeed Anwar is a very big player for Pakistan so I am pleased to break such a record, I can’t thank Allah enough,” he said. “InshaAllah I will try to give even better performances than this in future.
“I never thought about breaking Saeed Anwar’s record. I wanted to just play one first-class match. Then I played that and next I thought I want to become an international player but I never thought this big.
“I had planned till 100, after that I had done no real planning, I just tried to hit the bad balls and to make the team’s score as large as possible, I wasn’t focused on trying to get 200.”