Pakistani batsman Fakhar Zaman has matched the record set by former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for the most sixes hit in a single One Day International (ODI) inning. This remarkable feat was achieved during Pakistan’s World Cup match against New Zealand on November 4, 2023.
Zaman smashed 11 sixes during the match held at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. This equaled the record set by Afridi in 1996 when he hit 11 sixes against Sri Lanka.
The record for the third-highest number of sixes in an ODI inning is held by Abdul Razzaq and Zaman himself, both having hit 10 sixes in separate matches against South Africa in 2010 and 2021 respectively.
In addition to matching Afridi’s record, Zaman also scored the fastest century in a World Cup match for Pakistan. He reached the 100-run mark in just 63 balls, with a strike rate of 157.81.
Despite the match being called off due to rain, Zaman’s outstanding performance led Pakistan to a 21-run victory based on the Duckworth-Lewis method. This crucial win kept Pakistan’s hopes alive in the World Cup tournament.
Zaman’s exceptional performance was recognized and rewarded by Zaka Ashraf, who announced a cash reward for the batsman after the match. This achievement not only places Zaman in the annals of cricket history but also underscores his vital role in the current Pakistani cricket team.