Fakhar Zaman sprung a surprise in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday by scoring his first ODI century in just his fourth game for Pakistan.
With 114 off 106, he became only the second Pakistan opener after Saeed Anwar to score a century in the ICC tournament.
Zaman made his T20 international debut during Pakistan’s tour of West Indies in March 2017, where he scored just 5 and 21 in the two innings that he had batted.
He then earned his ODI cap in India’s second game against South Africa during the ongoing Champions Trophy. After a 31 in his debut game, Zaman scored 50 and 57 in the next two games, against South Africa and England, respectively.
Bollywood stars Arjun Rampal and Sushmita Sen along with fans from both sides of the border congratulated the cricketer on Twitter for his ‘incredible knock’.
Have to admire this century from Fakhar Zaman. Tense game, big occasion and he has shown he has arrived.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 18, 2017
What a hero Fakhar Zaman is. What a 100 and what a perfect time to do it ....Pakistan Pakistan all the way ....and pl keep going Fakhar 😊— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) June 18, 2017
Congratulations on a fabulous #100 Fakhar!!!!! Virat will respond!!!! 😉😀🇮🇳👏❤️— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) June 18, 2017
Congrats fakhar on great hundred congrats to his parents family people worked with him on every level i think he can get 200 *— yasir🍃hameed (@Yasir_HameedQ) June 18, 2017
What a stage to get debut century! Riding early luck young Fakhar's daredevilry & gusto has India floundering.Potentially matchwinning knock— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 18, 2017
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