Fakhar Zaman credits Brendon McCullum for his attacking batting style

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Fakhar Zaman credits Brendon McCullum for his attacking batting style

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SportsCafe Desk

06/19/2017

Fakhar Zaman revealed that his attacking batting style is inspired by former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum whom he played with during the Pakistan Super League. The Pakistani southpaw further added that he implemented the suggestions he got from McCullum and they have worked wonders for him.

"The first time I met him, he saw me batting and he told me 'Fakhar, you'll play all our matches, but ensure you play this (style of) game everywhere," Zaman told cricket.com.au

Zaman replaced Shehzad Ahmed at the top of Pakistan's batting line-up and went on to play consecutive blistering knocks of 50 against Sri Lanka, 57 against England in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy and a magnificent 114 against India in the final that helped Pakistan thrash their arch-rivals by 180 runs.

"I learnt a lot from him. And I saw him the other day after my debut and he's told me so many things that are working for me. So it's a great experience to have a captain like Brendon McCullum. All of the Qalanders really enjoyed playing with him." he added.

McCullum started the proceedings for the Lahore Qalanders in the Pakistan Super League this season, alongside Englishman Jason Roy followed by Zaman at number three. However, the side slumped to the bottom of the table at the end of the tournament, with the only positive for the team being Zaman's batting as he scored 177-runs at a strike rate of 138.

Moreover, the 27-year old's blistering knocks not only helped Pakistan consistently get off to flyers in the Champions Trophy, but also perfectly complemented Azhar Ali who is known to take his time at the start of the innings. Together, the duo's contributions played a huge role in guiding Pakistan to their first Champions Trophy title.

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