I was disappointed by MS Dhoni as he did not show much reaction after my hundred, says Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman scored a century in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final against India which helped his team win by 180 runs and clinch the title. Zaman said that he was disappointed to see MS Dhoni's reaction after his century.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 28, 2017 8:50 pm
india vs pakistan, ind vs pak, fakhar zaman, ms dhoni Fakhar Zaman scored 114 runs against India. (Source: AP)

Pakistan’s hero in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final Fakhar Zaman has said that he was ‘disappointed’ by the way MS Dhoni reacted when he scored a century in the match. Zaman scored 114 runs off just 106 balls as Pakistan ended with 329/4 batting first at The Oval.

“I was a little disappointed by MS Dhoni as he did not show much reaction after my hundred,” Zaman was quoted by PakPassion.net. But, Zaman later added that he looked at India captain Virat Kohli after scoring the hundred and saw him clapping.

“When I was batting well, Kohli and others were saying things to me so when I got to hundred I thought they would ignore it but when I looked at Kohli, I saw that he was looking down but graciously clapping for me,” Zaman said.

Zaman would not have reached the three-figure mark in the final but a no-ball from Jasprit Bumrah gave him life. Zaman was caught behind when batting on three off Bumrah but third umpire saw replays and it was called a no-ball.

“When I was caught behind, my heart sank. I was stunned and slowly started making my way back to the dressing room with all my hopes and dreams crushed. I kept thinking how could I lose my wicket here, I was supposed to score big, not get out on three.

“When the umpires stopped me, it was like a new hope. It felt like a new life. I thought to myself if this is a no-ball then today is surely my day,” Zaman said.

On whether he was sledged or not, Zaman said that in the semi-final against England and in the final against India, some players tried to sledge him.

“When we played against England, almost 80 per cent of the fans were our supporters. Azhar Ali kept on telling me to play other shots but I kept on telling him that if I middle (the ball) it will be a four on mid-wicket and a six if I top edge it,” Zaman said.

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    anonymos
    Jun 30, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    oh lord there is a reason why he was called captain cool kiddo probably should search up his history before making any comments
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      Sukumar talpady
      Jun 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm
      I can not understand why Indian Express gives importance to such news. What special about it ? One can do applause when a player hits Century. But expecting the captain of the opposite team to congratulate and shake hands with the centurian is all too much. Even great players like Sobers, Worrel never did that on the field . Indian Express should avoid such news.
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        Bruce
        Jun 29, 2017 at 7:20 am
        What ?? Seriously??? This guy wants everyone around him to applaud for his century and got disappointed b'cos some didn't react😂😂😂 first time I'm hearing this kind of statement 😂
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          C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
          Jun 29, 2017 at 3:54 am
          That is bit school boyish on the part of international players to say so and so clapped and Dhoni did not clap. Games hard fought hard in modern days and you don't expect the opponents to appreciate your achievements.
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            Maaz Kalim
            Jun 29, 2017 at 8:46 am
            Couldn't Agree More. Very immature-ish on his part! And I'm not saying because like "everybody" on the Internet, I'm anti-Pakistani. In fact, I would have said very same had any Indian player said the same for any Pakistani player after making an achievement, or even record, for that matter.
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