Fakhar Zaman’s sensational performance in the World Cup match against New Zealand not only matched the long-standing record of Shahid Afridi but also etched his name in cricket history. Zaman’s spectacular display of power-hitting saw him equal Afridi’s record of 11 sixes in a single ODI innings, a feat that had stood unchallenged since 1996. This remarkable achievement speaks to Zaman’s aggressive batting style and ability to clear the boundary ropes with ease.
In addition to equalling Afridi’s record, Zaman achieved another significant milestone by scoring the fastest century in a World Cup for Pakistan. He reached the century mark in just 63 balls, showcasing his explosive batting and a remarkable strike rate of 157.81. His aggressive approach and clean striking left the opposition bowlers struggling to contain him.
This exceptional performance not only contributed to Pakistan’s success but also boosted their World Cup campaign significantly. The match, unfortunately, had to be called off due to rain, with Pakistan being declared the winner. This 21-run victory was crucial for Pakistan, as it was a must-win game for them in the World Cup. Zaman’s heroics energized Babar Azam’s team, offering renewed hope and confidence as they aimed to progress further in the tournament. His record-equalling and record-breaking achievements will be remembered as a defining moment in Pakistan’s cricket history.