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Zaman used bat gifted by Hafeez during South Africa ODIs

Left-hander was named player of the series

Zaman used bat gifted by Hafeez during South Africa ODIs PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has revealed that the bat he used during the recently concluded South Africa ODI series was gifted to him by veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.

The left-hander played a crucial role in Pakistan’s series win, scoring 302 runs in three innings with the help of two centuries, and was also named the player of the series.

“The bat I used during the series was gifted by Mohammad [Hafeez] bhai. He has always supported me and every senior cricketer should learn from him on how to treat junior cricketers. He also supported and guided me during the PSL [Pakistan Super League],” said Zaman during a virtual press conference.

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He also spoke about his strong comeback after a string of low scores.

“I put in hard yards when I was out of form which is why is why I was able to make a strong comeback. I would like to thank everyone who supported me when I was out of form,” he said.

Zaman was also upbeat heading into the four-match T20I series after the win in the ODIs against the Proteas.

“Winning ODI series against South Africa in South Africa is a big achievement and a morale booster for the entire team. Hopefully we can carry this momentum in the T20I series as well,” he concluded.