Fakhar Zaman, PSL 2021
Fakhar Zaman (Image Credit-Twitter)

Swashbuckling opening batsman Fakhar Zaman has expressed satisfaction with his performances in recent months for his PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars and national team, Pakistan.

Fakhar Zaman was the leading run-scorer when the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League was suspended due to Covid back in March.

In four innings, Zaman racked up 183 runs at an average of 63 and a strike rate of 143.18. His best knock came against defending champions Karachi Kings when he smoked a whirlwind 54-ball 83 to help Qalandars chase down 187.

Fakhar Zaman, PSL, PSL 06
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman (Photo- Twitter)

Fakhar Zaman continued the same form during the South African white-ball series where he smashed 302 runs in 3 ODIs at 100.67 and 95 runs in 3 T20Is at 47.5.

With the PSL set to resume in the United Arab Emirates next month, the Qalandars opener is looking forward to continuing his rich vein of form.

“I have been pleased with my batting form both for Qalandars and Pakistan in recent months. The Karachi-leg turned out well for us as despite a low net run-rate we are joint equal on points with the table toppers,” said Fakhar Zaman in an official press release by PCB.

Fakhar Zaman, PSL 2021, PSL 06
Fakhar Zaman (Image Credit-Twitter)

The second phase of PSL will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi from the first week of June.

Fakhar Zaman said that while the past experience of playing in the Emirates will come in handy, the extreme weather will pose a challenge to all those involved.

Nevertheless, Zaman is focussing on providing good starts to his team, who have lost just one game out of four, and hopefully, convert those starts into big match-winning knocks.

“We have gained considerable experience of UAE pitches over the years, the conditions in Abu Dhabi would mostly be batting friendly, the pitches though offer something to the fast bowlers also which makes it a good contest. The weather will be challenging but that will spur us on further. My aim would be to continue to provide good starts to the team and play out long innings for my side whenever an opportunity comes,” said Fakhar Zaman.

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