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Fawad Alam – The boy who refused to give up

This is a story of a person who hoped against all the odds. Belonging to Karachi, Fawad made his test debut against the Sri Lanka in the year 2009. It wasn’t just a normal test debut but a debut where a century was scored. The century did end in a losing cause but Fawad’s effort was appreciated all around.

Fawad kept performing at domestic level but he wasn’t given a proper chance at international level, which is the reason he has only played 6 matches. He scored 382 runs with an average of 38.20 and strike rate of 45.53. The highest he has achieved till date is 168. He has two centuries in his record.

The second century that he scored is not special to only him but every Pakistani who wanted to see him wear the Pakistan jersey again and play with all his heart. Alam was dropped from the team in November 2009 and was only called back in August 2020. To say that he took full advantage of the chance and made everyone see that why he was the right choice will not be an understatement. Waiting a long time for 11 years, he still didn’t let anything shatter his passion for the game and his homeland. He scored 102 runs off 296 balls.

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This not only earned him immense praise but he also took home the record of staying the longest on the pitch which was 396 minutes in the 4th innings of a test outside of Asia by any Pakistani batsman. The record previously belonged to Asad Shafiq.

Alam came in at a very difficult position so he tried to do what was best for his team; score runs and resist the kiwis attack for a long time. Pakistan however, failed to achieve the result that it hoped but Alam’s 3 figure milestone made the loss a little less bitter. Interestingly, Alam’s wait to score a second century is seen as the longest wait without a war in between.

When Alam hit the four that accomplished his century the commentator’s excitement could really be seen by these lines “it could go all the way, it does go all the way. That’s a hundred. What a performance!” Younis’ show of support and his million dollar smile was every Pakistani’s initial reaction. And it did not stop there. Thousands of edits of Fawad flooded the social media but by far the most famous one remained the one with Titanic’s music ‘my heart will go on’ Hoping that Alam doesn’t stop showing his class and grace through his batting and there will be many accomplishments that are in store to witness.

 

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