In his latest article for FirstPost Sports, Saj explains why Fakhar Zaman's progress is remarkable given that he is certainly not one of those cricketers who have had the privilege of political backing, a silver spoon or indeed selectors who favoured him.
The circle of life spares no one. Nature's innate purpose is to remove the old and withered and replace it with the new and budding. Naturally, this applies to the Pakistani Cricket Team as well. Over the past 3 years, the Pakistani team has gone through monumental changes in its core structure and power hierarchy. We've seen the 3 biggest characters of Pakistan cricket (Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq) depart from each format of the game one by one. With each player's departure comes a void which can only able to be sealed by players capable of leading the team forward and working well as a unit to overcome any obstacle present ahead of them. This current lot of players, led by Sarfaraz, seems to have finally broken through the shackles of the cricket of the early 2000s and modernised their approach to the game, and it would serve Pakistan well if they stick to this approach.
If the superb showing at Harare is an indication of the new ruthless drive to be the best, Pakistan cricket’s future looks as bright as ever in T20Is, writes Saj for FirstPost.
Today’s victory was by no means flawless, but arguably that is what made it all the more impressive; it showcased the ability of this young team to wrestle back the initiative despite not being at their best. In short, it showed dogged determination and character. That bodes well for the future.