ICC CWC 2023: Century from Fakhar Zaman Ignites Pakistan’s World Cup Dreams in Bangalore

ICC CWC 2023: Fakhar Zaman's wow Century Ignites Pakistan's World Cup Dreams in Bangalore

On Saturday, Fakhar Zaman achieved a remarkable feat in the 2023 ODI World Cup against New Zealand in Bengaluru, becoming the fastest Pakistani player to score a century in the tournament. The left-handed opener displayed incredible power by smashing massive sixes during his innings.

However, what garnered attention from internet users was a tweet from his teammate, Iftikhar Ahmed. Iftikhar’s comment was inspired by a viral meme featuring a woman named Jasmeen Kaur, who is known for selling salwar suits.

In a popular Instagram video, she repeatedly used the phrase “Just Looking Like a Wow” to describe the clothing, exuding enthusiasm and excitement. Fakhar’s incredible innings, which could be described as “Just Looking Like a Wow,” combined with favorable weather conditions, allowed Pakistan to keep their hopes alive for a spot in the semifinals. They secured a crucial 21-run victory over New Zealand through the DLS method.

Zaman and captain Babar Azam played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s total of 200 for 1 in 25.3 overs when rain interrupted the game for the second time, ultimately leading to the conclusion of the match. At that moment, Pakistan was 21 runs ahead of the DLS calculations in their pursuit of a challenging target of 402, which was later revised to 342 in 41 overs.

New Zealand will undoubtedly feel disappointed despite posting a massive score of 401 for six, thanks to Rachin Ravindra’s 94-ball 108 and Kane Williamson‘s comeback performance with a 79-ball 95.

Currently, Pakistan has accumulated eight points with one more match to play against a struggling England, while New Zealand, also with eight points and a net run rate of +0.855, will face Sri Lanka in their final league game.

In the points table, Pakistan, with a net run rate of -0.424, remains in sixth place, trailing Afghanistan (-0.330). Putting aside the mathematical aspects, those with a sense of history may draw parallels to Pakistan’s campaign in the 1992 World Cup, where weather and mathematical calculations played a significant role in propelling them to the semifinals and eventually winning the title.

Nevertheless, Pakistan’s current success can be attributed to the exceptional performance of Fakhar Zaman, who effortlessly dominated the New Zealand bowlers.