Pakistan’s Unluckiest Player Fawad Alam hits a century in QA Trophy
If there is a list of Pakistan’s unluckiest player, Fawad Alam would undoubtedly be at the top. He’s been acting all the time, scoring runs in national tournaments, but it was all in vain, at least everything seems to be like that.
On Saturday, Fawad scored his 31st-century first class. He made 100 undefeated out of 138-balls for Sindh in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against KP.
He now has 11559 runs in 247 innings, of which 42 are undefeated. The Sunday century took the average of his career to a gigantic 56.38, which is the fourth-best among all cricketers making their first-class debut in the current century.
Better than Fawad, Australian Steve Smith 59.05, Mosaddek Hossain of Bangladesh with 59.86 and Hanuma Vihari of India with 60.30.
While Fawad has just played three Test Matches for the country with his last appearance in 2009, the other players have sufficient international cricket quota to their credit.
However, Karachi’s 33-year-old batsman says he is not considered an unlucky cricketer for not being picked.
“My job is on the ground, not outside. Ups and downs are part of life. You can’t have everything in your way all the time. You don’t have to give up. I’ve seen more than high casualties, but fortunately, that has made me even stronger, and I always try to keep my head up,” Fawad told the media in Karachi.
One question has become a common feature of Fawad Alam whenever he confronts the media, and the question is about his non-inclusion in the Pakistan team.
Fawad, every time, has the same answer.
“My job is to act in the middle. Why don’t I be selected is a question for selectors, ” he replied when asked the question on Sunday.
However, how long should Fawad continue to do the same job? How long before your scores and performances are answered?
This is a question that remains unanswered.
Moreover, the question usually also frustrates Fawad Alam.
“Frustration is usually natural, and you usually get sad when you don’t notice your work,” he said.
“But I don’t let disappointment get in my way. If I was thinking about injustices and all that, my career would be over three years ago,” he said.
“This is an integral part of our life, and a player cannot define why he is not being chosen, the only selector can tell him this. My job is to do what I can, in the middle and keep knocking on doors. The break depends on the selectors, ” he noted.