Fakhar Zaman says Pakistan needed a ‘wake-up call’ before the T20 World Cup

Fakhar Zaman, the talented left-handed batsman from Pakistan, has underscored the necessity for a reality check for the national team ahead of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, slated for June in the West Indies and the USA.

In a video shared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Digital, Fakhar reflected on the unexpected defeat in the first T20I against Ireland, describing it as a wake-up call for the team. He highlighted how the loss galvanized each player to strive for improved performance in the subsequent matches.

Fakhar emphasized the significance of maintaining the same level of determination and momentum leading up to the T20 World Cup.

“The loss in the first game was a wake-up call for us. It remained on our minds during the second game, urging everyone to give their best,” remarked Fakhar.

“We aim to sustain this momentum all the way to the World Cup,” he added.

In the second T20I, Pakistan encountered a formidable challenge of chasing 194 runs. Despite the early dismissals of young opener Saim Ayub (6) and skipper Babar Azam (0), the team staged a remarkable comeback, largely due to an outstanding 140-run partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan.

Fakhar emerged as Pakistan’s top scorer, smashing 78 runs off 40 balls, which included six fours and six sixes, while Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 75 off 46 balls earned him the Player of the Match accolade.

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