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The left-handed promising Pakistani Batsman Fakhar Zaman took the cricket world by storm and the sole credit for this goes to his fabulous display at the Champions Trophy 2017. Around every of Pakistan Cricket fan would remember Zaman’s Century against India at Champions Trophy Final 2017 as it crashed Indian dream of winning the ICC mega-event.  Zaman’s cover drive and scintillating batting under-pressure on his ODI debut against South Africa at ICC Champions Trophy were enough to leave cricketing greats al praise for him.

“Where has Fakhar been hiding? (He) looks like a marvelous striker of a ball!” exclaimed former England captain Michael Vaughan in a tweet after watching Fakhar playing in his debut ODI game.

“Question has to be asked ─ where has this Fakhar been hiding? Great start Pakistan!” tweeted one of most successful New Zealand Captain, Stephen Fleming, after watching Fakhar’s brilliant knock under pressure against South Africa at ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Fakhar Zaman Biography

It didn’t take any longer for the Mardan-born guy to grab the attention after his ODI debut as he scored 2 half centuries consecutively and in the very next match, he came up with a century. His superb performances worked as icing on the cake for Pakistan Cricket Team as his ton in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final powered Pakistan to outclass their arch-rival India.

Fakhar Zaman Age

27years

Fakhar Zaman Date of Birth (DOB)

April 10, 1990

Fakhar Zaman Height

5’9” Feet-Inches, 1.75 Meters

Fakhar Zaman Weight

66 kg,  146 lbs

Fakhar Zaman Hometown

Katland, Mardan District, Pakistan

Fakhar Zaman Father Name

Fakhar Zaman’s father, Faqir Gul in an interview told that “He was once only the Fakhar, the pride, of Katlang, and now he is the Fakhar of Pakistan.”

Fakhar’s father worked as an official with the wildlife and animal protection agency. And the only thing which would have been making him restless at that time was Fakhar’s love for sports, which he thought would take him far away from the education. And consequently, he won’t be able to get the job.

Fakhar Zaman’s father seemed to be on cloud nine after Zaman won it for Pakistan at the Champions Trophy 2017. Although, like many of the fathers around, Fakhar’s father wasn’t pleased with his cricket in childhood as they always asked him to remain focus towards academic performances and then about employment.

Fakhar Zaman Education

Fakhar couldn’t go much longer with his studies as he ended up completing his matriculation from the Government High Secondary School, Mardan. Zaman didn’t left the studies with his personal choice, the family responsibilities, and dire financial crisis asked him to become the bread-winner for his family. And for this purpose, he joined Pakistan Navy as Sailor.

Fakhar Zaman Early Life

Cricket was the ultimate passion for Fakhar Zaman since day one and he never restricted himself from getting a go at it. Like much other Pakistani youth, Zaman played more of the tape ball cricket during his school days.  The leftie during his school days went on playing on or two hard-ball matches and smashed hard his opponents with scoring big. Since then, he became popular across the region and people feared to have a contest with him while saying that ‘He is a hardball player, don’t play with him,’” Fakhar told in an interview.

Fakhar Zaman Family

Fakhar Zaman’s family was never ‘ok’ with Fakhar spending most of his time playing cricket during his school days. The thing which often caught Zaman in trouble those days was his late homecoming after playing cricket and that too covered in dirt.

Fakhar Zaman Wife

After Fakhar Zaman broke into the limelight with his Champions Trophy 2017 Final, people around were glad to know each and every of the information about the newest sensation. One of them which his fans kept on looking quite often was his marital status. The thing is Zaman is married and also has a son named Zain Fakhar.

Fakhar Zaman Batting

One can’t mess with Fakhar Zaman’s drive and hitting skills. The strategy he has kept is simple as 123, what all he wanted is to score with a good strike rate by picking the right balls. The South Paw loves facing the new ball and terms himself as an ‘attacking batsman.’ The thing which makes Zaman more prominent on the board is hard work and urge to go an extra mile to in order to get perfection. His coach once told that Zaman spent a countless number of hours practising the pull shot through a bowling machine delivering balls at a speed of 95 miles per hour.

Fakhar Zaman Navy Sailor

The financial hardships worked as a hurdle for Zaman to catch up with his dreams but what came next was something better in his favor. After Zaman got his matric done from the Government High Secondary School Mardan, in order to support his family, he joined Pakistan Navy as a sailor in 2007. The job had to offer something that was need of an hour as it offered decent-salary but in the long run, it contradicts for Zaman’s cricket passion. “I didn`t want to do what I was doing,” Zaman narrates about this situation.

Then finally came something for Zaman as he used to play inter-department matches at Navy as the coach at the Navy’s Cricket Academy, Azam Khan was all praise for his abilities and devotion to the game of cricket. Khan came up with the application that asked to release Fakhar Zaman as a Navy Sailor and appoint him as the Navy Sportsman.

Fakhar Zaman Under-19 Cricket

After getting into Navy as a sportsman, he got enrolled into Navy team, from where onwards he went to play Karachi Under-19 cricket at the district level. Zaman got himself burst into Regional Under-19s with scoring well in some of the superb knocks.  Meanwhile, all this Zaman was confused about his future as a cricketer and was often up with the question himself that ‘was he chasing a pipe –dream?’ but soon everything got clear and the Southpaw played cricket with determination more than ever before.

Fakhar’s coach at Navy Academy, Nazim Khan recommended Fakhar to famous coach Azam Khan and the star batsman even didn’t took much time to impress his new coach. Zaman’s half-century in the first inter-district U-19 at Asghar Ali Shah Stadium was enough to impress Azam Khan.

The incident which made him think more seriously about his cricket took place during senior district tournament when he failed to score big in first three matches of the tournament.  “One of them came when I was playing a senior district tournament and could only score 25 runs in the first three games,” he recalls. “Azam Bhai told me, ‘whether you score a duck or a century, I won`t drop you.’ I scored three consecutive 150 in the next three outings and topped the Karachi district for runs scored. It was the last time I thought of leaving cricket, recalled Fakhar Zaman of his life-changing days.

Fakhar Zaman moved back to Mardan

The only wrong step Zaman put during this right going time was moving back to Mardan to play first-class cricket. The left-handed batsman was of the view that there is less competition he’ll get more opportunities as compared to the strong competitive Karachi-region.

His coach Azam Khan was disappointed by his move, but later on advised him to come back to Karachi as there were more chances; media also highlights the top performers, which makes it more easy to click in for Pakistan Cricket  Team.

Fakhar Zaman First Class

Things went beyond Zaman’s expectations as he wasn’t thinking of an opportunity from Karachi Blues to begin his First-Class season. His time with coach Nadeem Khan and teammates like Khurram Manzoor gave him the opportunity to learn more.

Fakhar Zaman 2012 International Defence Cricket Challenge in Australia

This was a kind of world cup for forces personnel and Fakhar Zaman was also part of the team, which came back after winning the cup. This was Fakhar’s last time when he played for Navy as he later signed for Habib Bank Limited (HBL).

Fakhar Zaman Habib Bank Limited (HBL)

The left-handed batsman signed for Habib Bank Limited (HBL) at domestic circles and that made him more prominent on the board.

Fakhar Zaman Pakistan Super League (PSL)

Fakhar, who is more of an aggressive batsman was ignored in the Pakistan Super League 1St edition beside his average of 31.1 in T20 cricket that time. It will be relevant to mention here that the guy hailing from Mardan was placed in the emerging category of PSL 2016 but failed to grab the eyeballs.

The PSL 2nd edition was a way different story as Zaman already grabbed the limelight with his performances at Pakistan Cup, that came before the PSL 2017 drafts.

What came next was something more delightful as got drafted by Lahore Qalandars at PSL and was taken as a prospect that could do wonders for Pakistan in near future.

“The first time I met him (McCullum), 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 credited former Kiwi skipper to make him fearless on the field.

While playing for Lahore Qalandars, Zaman’s 33–ball 56 against Karachi Kings worked superbly in his favor as he got a call-up to Pakistan’s T20I side for West Indies Tour.

Fakhar Zaman Pakistan Cup

Prior to PSL 2nd edition, it was Pakistan Cup which worked Fakhar Zaman’s way so he could grab the limelight all around. The left-handed batsman was drafted by the Younis Khan-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Pakistan Cup. Zaman grabbed this opportunity with both hands and scored 297 runs in 5-matches with an average of 59.4 while playing as an opener alongside Ahmad Shahzad.

It should be kept noted here that Zaman secured Man of the Match (MoM) at Pakistan Cup Final for his 115 runs coming off only 111 deliveries.

Interesting Facts about Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman’s favorite cricketer is Adam Gilchrist as he likes his counter-attacking ability along with the placement of shorts in right areas.  The southpaw’s second favorite cricketer is AB de Villiers.

Fakhar Zaman was too good with his batting skills since his childhood days, following this, he was once banned from playing cricket in his village. Not only this, he was also beaten up by his brothers for this.

Fakhar Zaman vs India ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final

It won’t be wrong to call it innings of his life as Zaman’s ton powered Green Shirts to grab a win against the arch-rivals at ICC Champions Trophy Final 2017. Zaman scored 114 runs off 106 bowls, and this spectacular inning included three 6’s and twelve 4’s.

Fakhar Zaman Batting Videos

Fakhar Zaman’s fireworks on the cricketing field are always treat to watch, especially his strike against the pacer is something out of the world as it even leaves the world-class pacer itching their heads.