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How Fawad Alam re-evolved in Pakistan Cricket?

How Fawad Alam re-evolved in Pakistan Cricket?

In the recent developments of Pakistan Cricket, Fawad Alam has been roped in ICC Team of the year. But two years back, he was still crushed under the cruel system the Asian councils have been adhering to for years.

The left-handed batter, who truly deserved a place in Pakistan red-ball cricket on merit, was sidelined for years and the career looked impossible. But apart from cricket and the sports world, one must have heard good quotes for daily motivation, to blew away the stress and depression. It feels like Alam has been a great fan of motivational quotes and firm belief in the highness.

He did not quit working hard in the domestic area with the optimism of being back in the national squad seeing no possible chances.

Despite scoring a century on the Test debut and amassing a few runs later, he was dropped without any ifs and buts. The system has been too normal in Pakistan – a player came and fade away. However, Fawad’s case turned out a critical one as he kept on gathering tons and tons in the domestic circuit.

During the times when Inzamam ul Haq took charge of the selection panel of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), many raised their voices for potent Alam querying his return to the team seeing the wonders he had been doing domestically. The guy crossed 10000 domestic runs and owns an average of over 50. No other cricketer is close to the feat.

The credit must go to Misbah ul Haq, who stepped in Inzamam’s shoes later. The man, although raw with coaching, welcomed Alam with open arms in the team. The 11-year streak of staying away from the international squad despite multiple achievements got broken finally when Fawad received a maiden Test call from PCB in years.

He was supposed to return to the field in 2019 versus Sri Lanka, but unluckily, warmed the bench then too. Finally, He got his chance in England, and on that long-awaited return, managed only a four-ball duck. People’s expectations were too high from the red-ball great. He did not lose hopes and bounced back similarly as he was a decade ago in the very next encounter smashing a ton in the fourth inning in Mount Maunganui that took Pakistan to within minutes of securing an impossible draw. The event marked his majestic return to where he truly belonged: the highest level of the game.

With the time passing and Pakistan being scheduled to play a couple of more Test series, Fawad was witnessed smashing back-to-back hundreds declaring new records to his name giving a shut-up call to all his critics. A century in an attritional home win against South Africa followed a month later, and a couple more in Zimbabwe and West Indies in 2021.

Although it is too late to re-welcome a player with justifying the odds in his 30s, but Alam is happy with that. He says those 10 years were never wasted, but fruitful.

A flashback to Fawad Alam career:

Fawad Alam career

Making his ODI debut in 2007 against Sri Lanka, the patient man has played 38 ODIs till yet featuring in his last ODI against Bangladesh in 2015 ending up with 966 runs at an average of 40.25.

He got his test debut against the island country and smashed a hundred at Colombo. 11 years later, he got a chance only in three tests. 6577 List-A runs, 12222 first-class runs; what if he was given an international opportunity once again? A big heart, dedication, immense love for the country, and faith in the Almighty are a few factors that Fawad has punched for years. He waited and waited – not everyone did and either quit cricket or leave for the foreign countries to resume cricket. Ever heard quotes regarding patience? This is certainly the reason why Alam is flying in the skies today.

He stated,

“I have so many records in domestic cricket. I am on second after Hanif Mohammad in most statistics. How can I say that the last 10 to 11 years of my life were wasted? Allah has given me so many records during this time and I should be grateful for that,”

“Being a Muslim, you should be thankful to Allah in all circumstances. If you take domestic cricket for the last 10 or 11 years, I am in the top 20 in the world. I think Allah has given me a lot, I have so many centuries and run at such a high average in domestic cricket.

Despite his vacancy from international matches following then, Fawad recommenced to perform at the domestic level consistently. Continuing the profound offerings in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and scoring the most runs [3105] he averages 56.45. The player also has scored a double ton against Southern Punjab in the QA trophy in 2020, crossing the pillar of 12000 first-class runs with an average of 56.84. He has delegated 34 hundred and 60 half-centuries to his first-class career so far. 

Unbelievably, the 35-year old has 40 centuries alongside 8 in 180 First-Class and 203 List-A games respectively. The pro batter enjoys 62 and 40 half-centuries in the respective formats.

It must be noted the break for more than 11 years is the most long-drawn for a player to crack his test century. Earlier, Warren Bardsley of Australia abode for 12 years and Syed Mushtaq Ali waited for 12 years but the reason for their pauses was not the assortment issue as the world war originated in between.

Undoubtedly, he has gathered a million local and overseas fans because of his self-belief, belief in God, and patience. The 10 or 11 years long journey made him miss 88 Tests in between but he is grateful for having a long tenure as a platform to polish his skills.

Since his comeback, he has 4 away and home centuries to his name. It makes a total of five red-ball Test tons as the prime one came back in 2009 vs Sri Lanka. Alam now has centuries versus Sri Lanka, New Zealand, England, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

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