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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes that opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is a crucial member of the national team due to his aggressive mindset and approach to batting.
Sarfraz feels that Zaman is quite similar to Australia’s David Warner, India’s Virender Sehwag and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi in regards to the way he plays when out in the middle.
However, that being said, Sarfraz admitted that he wants Zaman to try and stay at the crease for longer periods of time as “his presence scares the bowlers”.
“Fakhar Zaman is a very important player for us and his target is to play his natural game, which is quite similar to how David Warner plays or how Virender Sehwag or Shahid Afridi played in the past,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “I have told him that he needs to stay at the wicket more because his presence scares the bowlers.”
Pakistan are currently involved in a five-match ODI series against South Africa, and triumphed in the first match in Port Elizabeth. They will be looking to extend their lead to 2-0 in the second ODI in Durban on January 22.