Fakhar Zaman, the hero of the Champions Trophy final against India, revealed that he loved going after Ravichandran Ashwin during his outing at The Oval.
Fakhar received a hero’s welcome on his return to hometown and talked to media at his residence.
“I loved smashing Ashwin because he is one of the best bowlers of his country, in fact he has been one of the top bowlers of the world. I really enjoyed scoring boundaries against him,” he replied to a question regarding which bowler he loved hammering. “You always enjoy scoring against quality bowlers,” he added.
The aggressive opener also talked about his lucky escape in the final, where he edged one off Jasprit Bumrah to MS Dhoni behind the stumps when he was just on three runs, but it turned out to be a no-ball.
“It was my dream to score a century in the final, when I edged it and started walking off the field, I was shattered, I cannot explain how I felt at that moment” Fakhar told. “When umpire asked me to stop for checking no-ball, I saw a glimpse of hope and prayed for an illegal delivery, it turned out like that, then I tried and GOD helped me,” he added.
He also shared that after the humiliating defeat against India, the coach and captain told that they have to change their style of play to proceed in the tournament and it worked.
Ahead of the big clash against India, the team was thinking of winning the trophy as an Eid gift for the nation.
“We were thinking one day before the final that we have to give this win as an Eid gift to the nation,” he shared. “This is an Eid gift for the people and there cannot be a better gift,” he added.
“I realized it seeing the excitement among Pakistanis in UK that how big this victory was and seeing people gathered here, I am sure fans are overjoyed,” he told.
Fakhar Zaman further told that he was in contact with his parents while on the tour and his mother advised him to not play lofted shots.
“I used to talk to my parents before every match, my mother specially advised me to play grounded shots only, do not play lofted shots,” he shared with a laughter.