Jasprit Bumrah was elated after he dismissed a potentially dangerous Pakistani bowler while he had scored only three runs. However, the dismissal came off a no-ball. The batsman then went on to score a century and become the most integral man for Pakistan’s win in the ICC Champions Trophy final. This man is Fakhar Zaman. After a brilliant knock against England and then India in the final, he showed the world that he is here to stay. Here are five interesting facts about this left-handed batsman who destroyed the Indian bowling.

1)    Fakhar Zaman was born in Katlang, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and moved to Karachi to join the Pakistani Navy as a sailor. There he played inter-department cricket matches. He was later allowed to fully concentrate on his game.


2)    His father, Faqir Gul, wrote poetry and recited them to Fakhar to take his mind off cricket. His father feared that if he did not abandon his love for the sport, he would not be able to finish his education and get a proper job. Well, Pakistan must be glad that his father’s plan did not work out.

3)    In 2013, he met former Pakistani cricketer Younis Khan who advised him to play for his region Mardan. It is from this moment where he started taking his cricketing career seriously.

4)    In the Pakistan Cup’s 2016 edition he scored 297 runs in five games including two fifties and a century. Therefore, he became the second highest scorer. That put him in the limelight and the selector’s radar.


5)    In the final of Champions Trophy Zaman edged to the wicket-keeper, when he was at 3, but survived by the no-ball. Fakhar scored an ODI century and helped Pakistan to score a huge total of 338. With that, Zaman became the first Pakistani to score a century in an ICC event final.