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Inzamamul impressed with Fawad's conversion rate in Test cricket



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Pakistan former captain Inzamamul Haq was impressed by batsman Fawad Alam’s conversion rate in Test cricket, he also opined other batsmen in the side should learn from him.

The Veteran cricketer praised Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Fawad for stepping up for the side during a difficult situation. Alam and Babar combined a 158-run partnership which ended with Alam being retired hurt on day one of the second Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

“Babar Azam and Fawad Alam played really well. Regardless of the opposition or the conditions, coming in during such a pressure situation is always difficult. To score in such a situation shows the quality of the player. They combined for an excellent partnership,” said Inzamam.

“Fawad is still going. It was really hot and even the West Indies keeper had cramps and Fawad also suffered from the same. This is not very serious however and it can be fixed quickly. He can come back and bat and has an excellent opportunity. He has been performing really well since getting a chance to come back. He can make another hundred and add it to the list of his extraordinary recent achievements,” he said.

Inzamam added the batter has the ability to make big scores and lauded his conversion rate.

“He is making hundreds at a very fast rate while making just one hundred. He has the quality of making it count when he settles in. He goes for the big knocks rather than smaller knocks like fifties or sixties. This is a great thing. Others should also learn from him that when you settle in, you go for the hundred,” he added.

Another Pakistan’s legendary player Shoaib Akhtar lauded the batsman for his unbeaten knock of 76 runs against West Indies.

“Fawad Alam is a genius. He has done TV, played cricket and featured in dramas but always kept performing. He sincerely plays for Pakistan despite being out of the side for 11 years. Hats off to him,” Akhtar said.