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This is a story of a person who hoped against all the odds. Belonging to Karachi, Fawad Alam made his test debut against Sri Lanka in 2009. It wasn’t just a normal test debut but a debut where a century was scored. The century ended in a losing cause but Fawad’s effort was appreciated all around.
Unfortunate Distance from the National Team
Fawad kept performing at the domestic level but he wasn’t given a proper chance at the international level, which is the reason he has only played 6 matches. He scored 382 runs with an average of 38.20 and a strike rate of 45.53. The highest he has achieved to date is 168. He has two centuries in his record.
A Comeback to Remember for the Ages
The second-century that he scored is not only special to him, but to every Pakistani who wanted to see him wear the Pakistan jersey again and play with all his heart. Alam was dropped from the team in November 2009 and was only called back in August 2020. In the meantime, he didn’t give up. To say that he took full advantage of the chance and made everyone see that why he was the right choice will not be an understatement. Waited a long time for 11 years, he still didn’t let anything shatter his passion for the game and his homeland. He finally scored 102 runs off 296 balls against New Zealand during the first test match played in December 2020.
This not only earned him immense praise but he also took home the record of staying the longest on the pitch which was 396 minutes in the 4th innings of a test outside of Asia by any Pakistani batsman. The record previously belonged to Asad Shafiq.
11 years of Wait Ended with Style
Alam came in at a very difficult position so he tried to do what was best for his team; score runs and resists the kiwi’s attack for a long time. Pakistan however, failed to achieve the result that it hoped but Alam’s 3 figure milestone made the loss a little less bitter. Interestingly, Alam’s wait to score a second century is seen as the longest wait without a war in between.
When Alam hit the four that accomplished his century the commentator’s excitement could really be seen by these lines “it could go all the way, it does go all the way. That’s a hundred. What a performance!” Younis’ show of support and his million-dollar smile was every Pakistani’s initial reaction. And it did not stop there. Thousands of edits of Fawad flooded social media but by far the most famous one remained the one with Titanic’s music ‘my heart will go on.
The Brilliant Story Continues
Heroic performances of Fawad Alam haven’t stopped since his comeback. Rescuing Pakistan’s batting from collapsing has become quite normal for him now. He scored another century against New Zealand when the team was 37/3, he then again scored a century in National Stadium Karachi against South Africa when the team was 27/4. His 45 runs in the next match that was played in Rawalpindi also helped the batting to settle down a little. His 140 runs against Zimbabwe proved instrumental in winning the game.
In the recent series against the windies, Fawad didn’t disappoint but in fact, made his fans extremely proud. He was able to make 56 runs in the first test. In the second test match when the openers seemed clueless and the scoreboard showed only 2 runs with the loss of three wickets, Alam was a knight in shining armor. He made 124 runs that too with remaining not out and made sure the total was decent enough to defend.
Refusal to Give Up on His Dreams
Fawad Alam is the epitome of patience as he refused to give up. He kept improving day by day and now, not a single person can deny his brilliance. His tale isn’t an ordinary one, in fact, it’s quite iconic. Hoping that Alarm doesn’t stop showing his class and grace through his batting and there will be many accomplishments that are in store to witness.