“When it rains, it pours” – Fawad Alam on his second wind
When most batters in their 30s consider retiring from the game, Fawad Alam is still going strong. As his career’s second wind continues to gather up speed, the 35-year-old produced another century, this time against the West Indies in Jamaica.
Fawad Return after an 11-year absent
It was Fawad’s fourth century after returning to Test cricket for Pakistan in England after an 11-year absence. Fawad hit 102 against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui in only his third match back, before going on to score a century against South Africa at home in difficult conditions. He followed it up with another century in Harare, which he followed up with this stunning 124 not out at Sabina Park. After losing three wickets for only two runs on the board, Pakistan declared on 302 for nine runs.
“When it rains, it pours, “After his vital knock, he told the PCB website. “My mother called before the first day of the Test, at 8 a.m. here, and she told me I’d get a hundred. I’m not sure how she simply knew. My father also spoke, and he urged me to raise my bat once in the West Indies.”
“My motivation and inspiration have been my father. He’s also been a cricketer and he’s gone through his own ups and downs. So I listened to him and obeyed when times were tough. There are always hurdles, at the cricket and in your mind, and you need your family to support you in such times. I was also lucky to have other people around me who always motivated me and never let me feel that my time was done. I am so thankful to each one of them.”
Adding 166 runs for the fourth wicket
Fawad helped add 166 runs for the fourth wicket with Babar Azam. Babar was dismissed for 75, but Fawad went on to score his sixth Test century.
“We were 2 for 3 and conditions were very difficult,” he said. “It was also very hot, let alone the pressure of the scorecard weighing heavy on us. I and Babar wanted to play as long as possible and take our team to safety. “We want to bowl them out quickly, give away as few runs as possible, and then we will stand a chance to force a result through our batting in the second innings.”
“Azhar Ali and I were playing a four-day practice game in New Zealand and I got a century. After the game, Azhar and I decided on how we should celebrate if we scored a hundred in the Test series. So when I did score a hundred, I remembered that and went ahead with it. It’s inspired by Ertugrul Gazi who did it as a victory celebration.”