Mumbai: Former Pakistan captain and opener Aamir Sohail backed Fakhar Zaman to play a vital role in the upcoming Asia Cup because of his “positive approach” to batting.
“The reason behind Zaman’s success has to be his positive approach. No matter what the situation, he goes out and bats positively,” Sohail, an expert with official broadcasters, said.
Indian bowlers will also be wary of Zaman, who had scored a match-winning hundred against them in the Champions Trophy final last year, when the arch-rivals clash on September 19 in a league-phase game of the Asia Cup to be held in the UAE.
Zaman had later scored a blistering double hundred, smashing 210 off just 156 deliveries against Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI in Bulawayo in July. En-route his double-century, Zaman also posted the highest individual score for Pakistan, bettering Sohail’s former opening partner Saeed Anwar’s brilliant 194 against India in 1997.
Sohail stressed that the key for Zaman was playing aggressive cricket. “He doesn’t allow any bulls to fight in his head, and knows that going out and playing positive cricket is what’s best for him. That has been the key to his success,” emphasised Sohail, a veteran of 156 ODIs and 47 Tests.
Sohail is also of the opinion that Pakistan must monitor how India and Sri Lanka execute their plans on the field. "India and Sri Lanka are tough teams and good competition is expected from them, so Pakistan must monitor carefully how the opposition is executing its plans," he said.
However, the Champions Trophy win last year will give Pakistan more confidence when they face India, Sohail feels. "Pakistan will definitely have an upper hand against all the teams as they have played in the UAE more than everybody else," he said.
Talking about improving the internal affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Sohail said that chairman Ehsan Mani should conduct a performance-based evaluation process for the board officials occupying the top slots.