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Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman admitted that he never thought he would have scored a double century in an ODI.
Zaman made history during the recent ODI series against Zimbabwe 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.
While Zaman came close to registering a double hundred in Pakistan’s 50-over domestic competition, the 28-year-old reiterated that he didn’t expect to do something no other Pakistani player has ever accomplished in international cricket.
“To be honest, I never thought that I would achieve such a milestone in international cricket,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “Yes, while playing domestic cricket I did have the aim of making a double hundred in one-day games as I knew that not many local players had achieved this goal. I did come close to scoring 200 in domestic 50-over matches but the thought of doing the same in an international game simply did not cross my mind.
“My captain Sarfraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur would tell me that I had the ability to score a double hundred in ODIs, but I thought that they said it without much conviction and were just trying to build up my confidence.”