Fakhar Zaman © AFP
Fakhar Zaman © AFP

Pakistan thrashed India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final, courtesy Fakhar Zaman‘s maiden century that put up a colossal total. Complimenting the batting unit’s efforts, Pakistan bowlers obliterated India and won their maiden Champions Trophy title. Nonetheless, Zaman, who was given a reprieve on 3, stated that he was disappointed with MS Dhoni‘s lack of enthusiasm after he reached three figures. Zaman ended as the highest run-scorer for Pakistan in the tournament and also became the only player from his country to score a hundred in an ICC tournament final.

“I was a little disappointed by MS Dhoni as he did not show much reaction after my hundred.  When I was batting well, Kohli and others were saying things to me so when I got to hundred I thought they would ignore it but when I looked at Kohli, I saw that he was looking down but graciously clapping for me”, Zaman said as quoted by PakPassion.

Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball saved Zaman, after he had edged one to Dhoni, in the initial stage of the finale. The left-hander turned the tides in emphatic fashion and made India pay for their mistakes. Speaking on his ‘lucky escape’, he stated, “When I was caught behind, my heart sank. I was stunned and slowly started making my way back to the dressing room with all my hopes and dreams crushed. I kept thinking how could I lose my wicket here, I was supposed to score big, not get out on 3.”

“When the umpires stopped me, it was like a new hope. It felt like a new life. I thought to myself if this is a no-ball then today is surely my day”, concluded Pakistan’s new-found hero.