Pakistan versus New Zealand Test series:
The Pakistan National Cricket lost their first Test match against New Zealand at the Bay Oval on Wednesday 30th December 2020. New Zealand scored a total of 611 runs during the whole match. Whereas, Pakistan could only score 501 runs throughout, getting beaten by 101 runs. But there was one very interesting play during the match, which was Fawad Alam’s outstanding century.
Fawad Alam’s Century:
Fawad Alam, Pakistan’s middle-order batsman showed an intriguing play against New Zealand on Tuesday, 29th December 2020. He scored his second Test match century after a long wait of eleven years. He made a brilliant play where he scored a phenomenal 102 runs off 296 balls. Alam played it safe against the swift attack by the New Zealand team for about six hours and 36 minutes. He also added a crucial 165 runs for the 5th wicket in a steady partnership with the captain Mohammad Rizwan. Even though Pakistan didn’t win the match at the end, Alam’s diligence in the field and his to the point partnership with Rizwan thrilled many Pakistani fans. This perseverance by the batsman also gave hope to the fans for the Test match future and the future of Pakistani cricket in general
One of the longest stays on the pitch by a Pakistani player:
Fawad Alam, who scored 102 runs, stayed on the pitch for 396 minutes, which is approximately six hours and 39 minutes. Outside of Asia during the 21st century, this is the longest stay on the pitch in the 4th innings of a Test match by a Pakistani batsman. Before that, it was Asad Shafiq who stayed on the wicket for 336 minutes in Brisbane against Australia in 2016.
Similarly, Muhammad Rizwan stayed on the wicket for 285 minutes. This is the longest stay by a Pakistani wicket-keeper in the fourth innings of a Test match.
A century after long 11 years:
Fawad Tariq Alam who was born on 8tth October 1985 is a Pakistani cricketer. He plays for the Sindh team and the Pakistan national cricket team. Fawad Alam comes from a cricket dominated family and his father is the Pakistani first-class cricketer Tariq Alam. Both his paternal uncle, Rafat Alam, and maternal uncle, Waheed Mirza, also played first-class cricket for Pakistan. He is also a cousin of the English Test cricketer Usman Afzaal. He was ushered back into Pakistan’s test team after a gap of 88 tests, having displayed a brilliant performance in PSL. Fawad Alam debuted in 2009 against Sri Lanka and scored a century on his debut. But, unfortunately, he had to exit the Pakistan team in November 2009 and was selected again in August 2020. This is a huge gap of more than 10 years, which is the second-longest gap by a Pakistani player in Test cricket after Younis Ahmed, who was summoned back after 104 test matches gap. Similarly, Warren Bardsley of Australia had to wait for 14 years and India’s Syed Mushtaq had to wait for 12 years. But both these players saw the advents of World War I and World War II between their particular milestones.