Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman plays a shot during the first Twenty20 International match against Scotland.(AFP)
Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman plays a shot during the first Twenty20 International match against Scotland.(AFP)

How to tame rampaging Fakhar Zaman - Mike Hussey tells India bowlers

Mike Hussey believes that the Indian cricket team bowlers should bowl slower through the air in order to contain Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman during their Asia Cup encounter.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 05:37 PM IST

Fakhar Zaman has been the star of Pakistan cricket in recent times. The Pakistan batsman has been breaking records at will and against Zimbabwe, he became the sixth batsman in world cricket to score an ODI century.

With Pakistan and India facing each other in the Asia Cup later this year, former Australia cricketer Mike Hussey had an advice for the Indian bowlers about tackling the brute force of Fakhar Zaman.

“So plans for India against Fakhar (Zaman) is got to be nice, tight line and length, be very disinclined and try and maintain that pressure, try and build up some pressure on him with some dot balls and make him go for the big shots earlier than what he wants to do,” Hussey told PTI.

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“I thing change of pace could work against him because he goes hard at the ball, taking the pace off it (the ball) could be advantageous,” he added.

Zaman has been a stand-out performer for Pakistan in the past couple of years and with 3 fifties and 5 centuries in 18 matches, he has enjoyed a brilliant run of form in ODIs. The opener scored 114 off 106 balls in the final of last year’s ICC Champions Trophy as Pakistan defeated India to clinch the title.

Hussey was all praise for the Pakistan cricketer and said that there is very little margin for error against a batsman of such calibre.

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“Fakhar Zaman from Pakistan, what great form he is been off late and who could forget his century in the ICC Champions Trophy (final) against India, not too long ago,” he said.

“Such an exciting player, very attacking, likes to score quickly, backs himself and plays with no fear and he is hard to bowl to, because he can score all-round the ground. The margin for error for the bowlers is very very small,” added Hussey.

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