Fakhar Zaman, who on Friday became the first Pakistani batsman to score 200 runs in One-Day Internationals, is set to break another record in 50-overs cricket. During the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe, Zaman scored an unbeaten 210 to power the green shirts to their highest-ever total of 399/1 in ODIs at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. He smashed 24 boundaries and 5 sixes during the course of his 156-ball inning.
Zaman has amassed 980 runs in the 17 ODI innings so far for Pakistan and if he manages to score another 20 runs in the next match, he will become the fastest-ever batsman to 1000 ODI runs. If he manages to contribute a minimum of 20 runs to the board, he will surpass West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards, who had reached the milestone in his 21st innings. Indian captain Virat Kohli had reached the mark in his 24 ODI innings in 2008.
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With this knock, the 28-year old also surpassed his countrymate Saeed Anwar (194 vs India) to record the highest-ever score by a Pakistan batsman in one day cricket. Overall, Zaman became the sixth batsmen in the world to achieve this incredible feat. He joined the likes of Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle in the list.
The left-handed batsman, along with Imam-ul-Haq also smashed the record for the highest opening partnership in ODIs. Zaman and Haq (113) shared 304 runs for the opening wicket and broke the previous record of 286 runs made by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya at Leeds in July 2006.