There is absolutely no stopping Fakhar Zaman at the moment. Pakistan’s Champions Trophy hero continues to shatter the records despite being just 18 ODIs old. A couple of days after becoming his nation’s first double centurion in ODIs, Fakhar entered the record books against, on Sunday (July 22), when he starred with the bat once again in the fifth ODI against Zimbabwe.
The opening batsman scored 85 after Pakistan elected to bat first. And by the time he was dismissed, he created a new world record for the most runs scored between two dismissals in the ODIs.
The southpaw had begun the series with a 60-run knock before going unbeaten in the following three games. His scores in those games were 117 not out, 43 not out and 210 not out.
His 85-run knock helped him amass a staggering 455 runs between two dismissals. The previous record was also held by a Pakistan player – Mohammad Yousuf. The legendary batsman had scored 405 runs between two dismissals in 2002.
Interestingly, Yousuf had achieved the feat against the same opposition 16 years ago. He scored 141*, 76*, 100* and was run out on 88 against Zimbabwe in the fifth and final match. He did not get a chance to bat in the fourth ODI.
This was not the only record Fakhar made during the game. He also became the fastest batsman in ODI history to complete 1000 runs. Fakhar needed 20 runs to achieve the feat prior to this match. And he achieved the feat in style, smashing Tendai Chatara for a boundary. In doing so, he went past five different individuals who reached the milestone in 21 innings. Fakhar took 18 innings to score 1,000 runs.
The Pakistan star finished the series with a staggering 515 runs at a scarcely-believable average of 257.50. He also became the first Pakistani batsman to score over 500 runs in an ODI series. Salman Butt previously held the record for scoring 451 runs in the five-ODI series against Bangladesh in 2007.