Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has been in stupendous form in the recent times. He became the first Pakistan batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs when he scored unbeaten 210 against Zimbabwe just weeks ago. Also Read - Imran Khan Says it Was 'Mistake' to Enforce Strict Lockdown Even as COVID-19 Cases Cross 72,000-mark
And after his record-shattering knock, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan had, on July 20, tweeted, “Congratulations to Fakhar Zaman for becoming the first Pakistani to score a double century in One Day cricket.” Busy on his tour, Fakhar perhaps failed to take out time to read the message. Also Read - I Would Have Loved to Play Against Virat Kohli, Right Guy to Lead Indian Cricket Forward: Ian Botham
Now, just a week later, Imran Khan’s Party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the recently held general elections in the country.
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On Friday, however, when the left-handed batsman opened his Twitter account, he was left in surprise to receive a greeting from his ‘to be honourable Prime Minister’ Imran Khan.
He replied, “Using twitter after months & I see a tweet from To Be Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan.The Great Imran Khan Congratulating me for my Double Ton. Mr. Prime Minister Thankyou & I congratulate you & feel proud to say that @ImranKhanPTI is PM of my beloved Pakistan #NayaPakistan”
Fakhar, during the five-match series against Zimbabwe, shattered many records. Besides becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score an ODI double hundred, he also broke the record for the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman. His knock of 210* in the fourth ODI helped him surpass Saeed Anwar’s 194.
During the course of the innings, he also broke the record for the highest opening partnership in ODIs. He, along with Imam-ul-Haq (113), stitched together a first-wicket partnership of 304, thereby breaking the previous record of 286 runs made by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya at Leeds in July 2006.
In the last ODI of the series, he also became the fastest batsman to 1000 ODI runs, surpassing the likes of Sir Vivian Richards and Virat Kohli.