[caption id="attachment_617400" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-617400" alt="Brendon McCullum had adviced Fakhar Zaman to play his natural game Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/collage1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Brendon McCullum had adviced Fakhar Zaman to play his natural game Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/pakistan" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> unearthed a talent worth gold in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/fakhar-zaman" target="_blank">Fakhar Zaman</a> in the ongoing edition of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-champions-trophy-2017" target="_blank">ICC Champions Trophy</a>. The young left-handed opener, who averages over 50 in List A cricket and operates at a strike rate over 95, made his debut in the game against South Africa. He made an immediate impact with his 23-ball 31, which helped Pakistan win the rain-truncated tie. Later, his consecutive fifties in final group game and semi-final put Pakistan in the final against India. And finally, in the mother of all battles against India, Zaman scored a brilliant hundred his third 50-plus score in four games and became the first Pakistani to score a hundred in an ICC event final. <strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-champions-trophy-2017-200395/live-cricket-scores/india-vs-pakistan-final-match-181420-summary.html" target="_blank">LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final at The Oval</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Zaman, who loves to play his shots, interestingly takes inspiration from another swashbuckling opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/brendon-mccullum" target="_blank">Brendon McCullum</a>. The former explosive Kiwi opener and captain, McCullum has worked with Zaman at the Lahore Qalandars in PSL. It was McCullum s advice of playing his natural game that has worked for Zaman. The first time I met him, he saw me batting and he told me 'Fakhar, you'll play all our matches, but ensure you play this (style of) game everywhere," Fakhar recently told <i>cricket.com.au</i> of the former New Zealand captain, who is in the UK on commentary duty. <p></p> <p></p>"I learnt a lot from him. And I saw him the other day after my debut and he's told me so many things that are working for me. So it's a great experience to have a captain like Brendon McCullum, he said before adding, "All of the Qalanders really enjoyed playing with him." <p></p> <p></p>Zaman gave a good account of his skills and temperament in the high-pressure final against India as he hammered 106-ball 114. His innings propelled Pakistan to a massive 338 for 4 after put into bat first. Indian batting will now be tested by the strong Pakistan bowling when they come out to chase the target.