Johannesburg: Opener Fakhar Zaman says that he does not regret missing the double century in the second ODI against South Africa but he does regret not taking his side to win.
Fakhar’s splendid innings ended on 193 on the first ball of the final over when a direct hit from Aiden Markram from long-off caught him short of his crease at the striker’s end.
“I don’t regret not getting double, I regret losing the match. If we had won this it would’ve been amazing so my regret is about that,” Fakhar said.
“The situation was such that I was only focusing on getting the win, not the double. I couldn’t finish it but I’d take scoring less runs than this and winning the game,” he added.
Fakhar revealed that he had a chat with former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to go hard on Tabraiz Shamsi and had a feeling that he can take his side home.
“Yes, to be honest, I think around the 25th over I just called Saifi bhai [Sarfraz Ahmed], he knows my game, I talked to him and said ask Babar can I start playing my natural game because Shamsi was bowling with small boundaries,” he said. “At that time I was feeling that if I start hitting then I could win the game for Pakistan,” he added.
It must be noted South Africa beat Pakistan by 17 runs in the second ODI to level three-match series 1-1. The final match will be played on April 7 at SuperSport Park, Centurion.