Cricket in Pakistan is celebrated like a festival. People in Pakistan are very much into this sport and when the cricket season comes with all its glory, be it a tour in some country, World Cup or our very own league, the Pakistan Super League, the excitement is same in all formats. Nothing can keep away cricket from the people of Pakistan. It is like a person battle watching our boys in green combatting the rival team with determination, persistence, and patriotism. Each time the boys of our Pakistan cricket team fill the ground with their presence, there is this strange, equally unique feeling building up inside the hearts of all the Pakistanis which is very impossible to put into words.
Pakistan’s love for cricket is not hidden. And it has only increased to a point of frenzy because of our own Super League. The love for this particular sport in Pakistan has even amazed many British writers Peter Oborne and Richard Heller who devote a noteworthy piece of their lives endeavoring to comprehend and ponder what is that which makes cricket the pulse of a country of more than 200 million. Richard Hellar who is the co-composer of the book ‘White on Green: Celebrating the Drama of Pakistan Cricket’ with Oborne, and previous Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) administrator Shahryar Khan together participated in a discussion with a lively discourse on the nation’s relationship with cricket at the ninth release of Karachi Literature Festival. In their session, suitably titled ‘Howzat! The Madness that is Pakistan Cricket’, the two dignitaries bantered on what makes the game such a fundamental piece of Pakistan’s way of life and approaches to take the diversion higher than ever in the land. It is amazing to see a book reason on a nation’s love for a particular sport. Such is the love of cricket in Pakistan!
Pakistan’s recent astonishing triumph in the Champions Trophy and Pakistan Cricket Board’s ongoing move to advance the game at school and school levels has revived the energy of a country. It has not only made the players more determined and confident but the whole nation too is very excited and have all their faith and confidence on the boys for the upcoming World Cup Tournament that is set to be staged in 2019. With such a short time left for the World cup tournament to finally happen, the players are expected to continue putting on a good show in order to make a place in the grand tournament as well as to keep up the consistency.
Pakistan has been playing its fourth ODI against Zimbabwe in the stadiums of Bulawayo. This series has been a massive hit for Pakistani side as our young and new players were seen playing like never before. Pakistan’s favorite Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq managed to put a 304 runs opening association and helped the team secure a record-breaking 244 runs triumph against Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI on Friday. This is Pakistan’s second greatest win in ODIs, behind the 255-run prevail upon Ireland back in 2015.
The hosts were stuck up on 155 keeps running in 42.4 overs in the pursuit of the staggering 400 runs. The heartthrob legspinner Shadab Khan took four wickets in total, while Faheem Ashraf and Usman Khan Shinwari took two wickets each, Shoaib Malik and quick bowler Junaid Khan sacked one wicket individually which led to the record-breaking victory.
Had it not been for the openers, the win would have been not written. The brilliant openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq shared the most noteworthy and thrilling opening partnership in ODI history beating 286 between Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya and Tharanga against England in Leeds in back in the year 2006. Opener Fakhar Zaman turned into Pakistan’s first twofold centurion in one-day global cricket, accomplishing the award amid ODI. This match was apparently all about records.
Fakhar Zaman with an amazing accomplishment, additionally turned into the nation’s most elevated scorer in any ODI, outperforming Saeed Anwar’s 21-year old record of 194 which was outscored and beaten today. This is not it as the 28-year-old left-hand batsman and Pakistan’s pride, Zaman, rose to worldwide distinction with a match-winning ton in Champions Trophy last year in 2017 last against India in the finals, is the sixth batsman to score a twofold hundred in ODIs. Currently, the stats are so that Zaman needs to score 20 more races to crush Sir Viv Richards’ record to end up the speediest to 1000 ODI runs. He has three more innings to accomplish this accomplishment.
The current news has it that with the arrangement anchored, Pakistan had the chance to explore different avenues regarding their playing XI, however, selected to go unaltered into the fourth match.
There were two changes for the Zimbabweans, with Chamu Chibhabha and Prince Masvaure swapped for seamer Donald Tiripano and best request batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who is expected to be making his universal debut.