Pakistani opening batsman, Fakhar Zaman, flipped the game in Pakistan’s favor during the Champions Trophy final against India. His brilliant score of 114 has received applause even from the fans of opposing teams. Now that the Champions have settled on the throne, the talks and insights from the tournament have started coming out.
Fakhar Zaman, who narrowly escaped dismissal on Bumrah’s ball, ended up playing a winning streak which brought his team the Champions Trophy for the first time. More than being happy with his performance, Fakhar seems disappointed at Dhoni’s lack of appreciation for him. As the Pakistani batsman turned the game around, he was pleasantly surprised to find Kohli clapping on his innings.
Fakhar said that during the Champions Trophy, England and Indian players were involved in sledging. However, the player who seemed to maintain his cool, finally revealed that he did not participate in any banter because of language issues, as he is not comfortable with English. Even after Kohli’s provoking comment during the finals, Fakhar was shocked to find Kholi appreciating his feat.
He told PakPassion.net,
When I was batting well, Kohli and others were saying things to me so when I got to hundred I thought they would ignore it but when I looked at Kohli, I saw that he was looking down but graciously clapping for me.
I was a little disappointed by MS Dhoni as he did not show much reaction after my hundred.
He also talked about England’s Liam Plunkett who tried to instigate Fakhar by saying things to him,
At that time, Plunkett came by me and said something to me, I just shook my head and said ‘no English’ as in I can’t understand it and he went away. After Plunkett had gone, the umpire smiled at me and shook my hand and said well done.
It is needless to say that succumbing to anger is easy but Fakhar displayed patience and a fine game. However, his complaint against India’s ex-captain Dhoni’s lack of enthusiasm makes us wonder about the expectations players have from each other and how much difference this really makes.
Is it an attempt to seek validation or to enforce a certain code of conduct?