Fakhar Zaman draws praise from cricket greats post successful ODI debut

| Updated: Jun 08, 2017 19:18 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], June 8 (ANI): Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has received praise from former greats Stephen Fleming and Michael Vaughan after making his successful one-day international (ODI) debut against South Africa in their second Group B Champions Trophy fixture last evening. The 27-year-old smashed 31 off 23 balls, including six boundaries, and maintained an impressive strike rate of 134 as Pakistan bounced back from their humiliating defeat against arch-rivals India to register a 19-run win over South Africa at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Labelling Zaman as `marvellous striker of a ball`, former England captain Michael Vaughan quizzed as to where he was hiding. "Where has Fakhar been hiding ...... looks a marvellous striker of a ball ....... !!! #PAKvSA," Vaughan wrote on Twitter. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Where has Fakhar been hiding ...... looks a marvellous striker of a ball ....... !!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PAKvSA?src=hash">#PAKvSA</a></p>&mdash; Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) <a href="https://twitter.com/MichaelVaughan/status/872498628736299008">June 7, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Echoing similar views, former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming also expressed his surprise over the talent of the 27-year-old batsman. "Question has to be asked - where has this Fakhar been hiding? Great start Pakistan!" tweeted Fleming. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Question has to be asked- where has this FAKHAR been hiding? Great start Pakistan!!</p>&mdash; Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) <a href="https://twitter.com/SPFleming7/status/872498175445172225">June 7, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Zaman, who had played three Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies, was called in to replace out-of-form opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad to open the innings with Azhar Ali. (ANI)
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