How many times has one heard the phrase, records are meant to be broken? Well, today, it is a bright day for Pakistan cricket as Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have broken the world record of biggest opening partnership.
In the 4th match of the series against Zimbabwe, Pakistan won the toss and elected to be bat first and what followed will go down in the history books.
The duo not only broke the highest opening partnership but also set a number of other records which include:
- Highest opening partnership for Pakistan — 304 runs
- Previous record: Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez — 228* vs. Zimbabwe, 2011
- Highest opening partnership in the world
- Previous record: Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga — 286 runs vs. England, 2006
- Highest partnership for Pakistan for any wicket — 304 runs
- Previous record: Inzamam-ul-Haq and Aamir Sohail — 263 vs. New Zealand, 1994
- Highest score by a batsman in an away series — Fakhar Zaman’s 210*
- Previous record: Saeed Anwar (194) and Viv Richard (189*)
- Fakhar Zaman becomes first Pakistani to score 200 runs — 210*
- Previous record: Saeed Anwar held the highest runs record — 194 vs. India, 1997
- Fakhar Zaman hits most boundaries by a Pakistani — 29 boundaries
- Previous record: Saeed Anwar vs. India — 27 boundaries
- Pakistan breaks the highest score against any opposition — 399 runs
- Previous record: Pakistan vs. Bangladesh — 385 for 7, 2010
- 5th highest runs scored in successive not out innings — Fakhar Zaman (370)
- Previous record: Mohammad Yousaf (405), Lance Klusener (400), Javed Miandad (398) and Aravinda de Silva (389)
- First time ever, Pakistan has scored 4 centuries in a bilateral ODI series
Additionally, Fakhar Zaman needs only 20 runs to in 3 innings to become the fastest player to 1000 runs in the history of one-day international.
These records are arguably hardest to come by and the duo has made the entire nation extremely proud. Fakhar, who is already the highest run-scorer in T20Is in 2018, has displayed a sumptuous display of clean hitting and aggression.