Fawad Alam Finally Speaks Up on Non-Selection After Overtaking Virat Kohli

After scoring his 32nd first-class century, Left-handed batsman, Fawad Alam has finally spoken up after being ignored from the national selection over and over.

In a press conference after the ton, Fawad attributed personal liking and disliking as the reason for his non-selection in the national side.

Yes, liking/disliking is there and it’s obvious as well. I don’t have to say anything about that.

Fawad now boasts an average of over 55 in 162 first-class matches, scoring a mammoth 11,830 runs in 255 innings. For reference, this is the highest ever first-class average by a Pakistani and he is accompanied by all-time greats in the list. However, others on the list like Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Mosaddek Hussain are all playing for their countries at the highest level.

Despite all the disappointment over the years, Fawad is focused and hopeful of a comeback.

I think liking or disliking is part of life and career. It happens everywhere in life. Even at your home, there are favorites in the family. But players must stay focused.

The 34-year-old added that he keeps getting dropped for different reasons, and he doesn’t have the answers to those questions.

Sometimes it becomes so difficult when a player has been neglected but I have to keep myself motivated because cricket is my bread and butter. Besides, what else would I do if I quit cricket?

Without further ado, let’s have a look at the list of all-time highest batting averages in first-class cricket.

Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
DG Bradman 1927-1949 234 338 43 28067 452* 95.14 117 69
VM Merchant 1929-1951 150 234 46 13470 359* 71.64 45 52
GA Headley 1927-1954 103 164 22 9921 344* 69.86 33 44
AK Sharma 1984-2001 129 166 16 10120 259* 67.46 38 36
WH Ponsford 1920-1934 162 235 23 13819 437 65.18 47 43
WM Woodfull 1921-1934 174 245 39 13388 284 64.99 49 58
P Nissanka (SL) 2016-2019 27 50 6 2817 217 64.02 10 10
SS Sugwekar 1987-2002 85 122 18 6563 299* 63.10 19 26
KC Ibrahim 1938-1950 60 89 12 4716 250 61.24 14 22
GH Vihari (IND) 2010-2019 76 120 15 6282 302* 59.82 19 30
VG Kambli 1989-2005 129 181 14 9965 262 59.67 35 44
SPD Smith (AUS) 2008-2019 126 221 26 11453 239 58.73 42 47
VS Hazare 1934-1967 238 367 46 18740 316* 58.38 60 73
AL Hassett 1932-1953 216 322 32 16890 232 58.24 59 75
SS Bhave 1986-2001 97 154 17 7971 292 58.18 28 27
SR Tendulkar 1988-2013 310 490 51 25396 248* 57.84 81 116
DS Lehmann 1987-2007 284 479 33 25795 339 57.83 82 111
Mosaddek Hossain (BD) 2014-2019 39 61 7 3097 282 57.35 11 11
MG Bevan 1989-2006 237 400 66 19147 216 57.32 68 81
AF Kippax 1918-1936 175 256 33 12762 315* 57.22 43 45
G Boycott 1962-1986 609 1014 162 48426 261* 56.83 151 238
RG Sharma (IND) 2006-2019 90 141 16 7091 309* 56.72 23 30
SS Karim 1982-2001 120 168 39 7310 234 56.66 22 33
CL Walcott 1941-1964 146 238 29 11820 314* 56.55 40 54
KS Ranjitsinhji 1893-1920 307 500 62 24692 285* 56.37 72 109
RB Simpson 1952-1978 257 436 62 21029 359 56.22 60 100
WR Hammond 1920-1951 634 1005 104 50551 336* 56.10 167 185
MD Crowe 1979-1996 247 412 62 19608 299 56.02 71 80
RT Ponting 1992-2013 289 494 62 24150 257 55.90 82 106
Fawad Alam (PAK) 2003-2019 162 255 43 11830 296* 55.80 32 59
UM Merchant 1938-1951 42 55 5 2789 217 55.78 9 12
L Hutton 1934-1955 513 814 91 40140 364 55.51 129 177
ED Weekes 1944-1964 152 241 24 12010 304* 55.34 36 54
R Dravid 1990-2012 298 497 67 23794 270 55.33 68 117
SV Manjrekar 1984-1998 147 217 31 10252 377 55.11 31 46
GS Sobers 1952-1974 383 609 93 28314 365* 54.87 86 121
V Kohli (IND) 2006-2019 114 187 17 9315 254* 54.79 33 30

It is amazing to see that Fawad ranks above Virat Kohli in the list. Sri Lanka’s Pathun Nissanka is only 21 years old and he is yet to play for the national team at the highest level.

Other Pakistani players are way behind him in the domestic circuit which raises questions about the selection policies. The only two Pakistanis in the list are all-time greats, Javed Miandad and Hanif Mohammad, which shows how poorly Fawad Alam has been treated by the national selectors. He last played for Pakistan in 2015, and it remains to be seen whether he will get another go or not.

Pakistan is set to play its first match of the Test Championship against Australia from 21-25 November. The next series is against Sri Lanka which starts from 11th December at home soil.


Do you think he deserves a chance in the national team? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • He was tested long time ago and he could not convert his domestic success into international success. Same as Ahmad Shezad and Umar Akmal.

    There is a huge difference in our domestic cricket and international cricket. (Standard wise. Some players lack the playing skills while some lack the mental skills to coupe with international pressure)

    Few can take their local success to international arena.

  • Pakistan has lost great players because of this liking and unlikings. We should now start learning from these blunders so merit stays on top and irrespective what city players are from they should learn to play for greater cause, their country.

  • He just scored a century and had a nice run in England last year. In his last series he was played once and then replaced with Salman Butt and Faisal Iqbal. Therefore there is no question that he has been overlooked. Also, for a player who plays 4-5 down and still able to get runs is an incredible feat. Although, Pakistanis would never accept him as they deem him weird looking and the most common reason being that he has an awful batting style.

  • He should be given at least a chance like Ahmad Shezad and Umar Akmal despite both these players never performed.

  • @Such, check his test match average and highest score in the 3 matches that he was given a chance in. Nobody is asking him to be played in T20 but he does have excellent credentials for test match cricket and should have been given a chance ahead of the likes of Shan Masood and Ifthikhar.

  • yes he should definitely get chance, he is an all time performer why is he getting ignored?? In sports there shouldnt be any likings or dislikings, give chance to those who deserves.

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