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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitted that he was highly impressed with Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq’s performance in the recently concluded ODI series against Zimbabwe.
The opening duo tormented Zimbabwe throughout the series and played an instrumental role in leading Pakistan to a 5-0 win.
Zaman made history during the series as he struck a career-best 210 not out in the fourth ODI.
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.
As for Imam, he amassed 395 runs, which included three centuries, at an average of 79.
“We tell our batsmen to bat for a longer period of time once they are set and have played for 10-12 overs,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. “We encourage them, especially Zaman and Imam, to bat till the 40 over mark.”
Sarfraz conceded that he was disappointed not to get more opportunities to bat throughout the series, but added that he was thrilled to see younger players rising up to the challenge and excelling.
“Everyone wanted to bat but myself and Shoaib Malik didn’t get much of a chance but we’re happy to see our young players performing, especially Zaman and Imam,” he said.