Following his outstanding performance in the T20I series against New Zealand and the ODI matches against New Zealand, Pakistani cricket sensation Fakhar Zaman has been named as one of the contenders for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award.
In recognition of their outstanding performances throughout April, the International Cricket Council has chosen three deserving players for the prestigious award. Zaman is one of three nominees, along with Prabath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka and Mark Chapman of New Zealand.
In Pakistan’s second-largest ODI run-chase, which took place in Rawalpindi towards the end of the month, Zaman was instrumental. In order to defeat the visiting New Zealand team and take a 2-0 series lead, the opening batsman scored an incredible 180 runs while remaining unbeaten.
With 10 balls remaining in a high-scoring game, Zaman’s performance, which included 17 fours and six towering sixes, helped Pakistan win.
The left-handed batsman continued to play well throughout April, as evidenced by his subsequent century in which he hit 117 balls for 117 runs. In the first game of the series, which was also played in Rawalpindi, Pakistan was able to successfully complete a 289-point goal chase thanks to this effort.
Zaman led the run-chase and wasn’t bowled out until the 43rd over. Pakistan was already close to winning the match by that point. He received the Player of the Match award for his outstanding performance.
Zaman helped Pakistan’s resounding 88-run victory by scoring a quick 47 in the first T20I against New Zealand in Lahore to start the month. The next two T20I games saw a decline in his performance, but he recovered in the ODIs, a game type in which he consistently performs well.
The Pakistani opener has played in 67 games over the course of his career and has amassed 3,082 ODI runs with an average of 49.71 and a strike rate of nearly 95.