New Zealand: Eleven years of patience gave Pakistan Batsman Fawad Alam a beautiful smile and style as he scored a career defining century in first test against New Zealand.
Fawad Alam’s unusual elements paid him off when he smashed an impressive century against New Zealand at Bay Oval on Wednesday.
Pakistan team were in dire straits at Mount Maunganui, collapsing to 4/75 in pursuit of 373 runs for an unlikely victory in the fourth innings.
But Alam combined with newly-appointed captain Mohammad Rizwan to survive more than 63 overs at the crease together in a gritty 165-run partnership.
Alam stunned critics with his impressive knock in 236 deliveries, ending an 11-year drought in Test cricket.
Fawad Alam made his Test debut way back in 2009, plundering a century in the second innings against Sri Lanka.
But the left-hander was dropped after three matches, and was not given another opportunity at Test level until earlier this year.
FawadAlam scored 30 first-class centuries in the 4188 days between his two Test tons.
Since making his first-class debut in the year 2003, Fawad Alam compiled 12,724 runs in the game’s longest format.
Alam’s absence of 11 years is the second longest interval between Tests for a Pakistan player, and the second longest this century for players from all nations.
The all-time ‘record’ belongs to John Traicos, whose third career Test came for South Africa against Australia in 1970 just before their ban from international cricket.
It was after an incredible wait of 22 years and 222 days, Traicos played his fourth Test, this time for Zimbabwe against India.
Twitter Erupts With Joy On Century Of Fawad Alam
Social media also erupted with joy as Fawad scored his 100 against Kiwis.
Twitter was flooded with pictures of Fawad Alam, moreover, #FawadAlam also became of the top trends.
Here is how Twitter reacted on Fawad Alam’s century.
— Tahreem🌸 (@tweetsbytahreem) December 30, 2020
— Zahoor Ahmad (@Z_A_Maseed) December 30, 2020
Fawad Alam Best Batting Performances
— Tentaran Sports (@TentaranSports) December 30, 2020
That relief on his face 🥺 @iamfawadalam25 is love ❤️
— Zubyr Aly (@DipperZee) December 30, 2020
— ثانیہ🍁 (@IKashmiran) December 30, 2020
— Muhammad Afaq (@1tx_afaq) December 30, 2020
— Waقar✨ (@Waqar__Murtaza) December 30, 2020