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Fawad Alam: From being discarded internationally to 14000 first-class runs

Fawad Alam, the name of patience in Pakistan Cricket, has come across the feat of 14000 first-class runs. The left-handed batter has reached the feat during Sindh’s second match of the Quaid e Azam trophy 2022 against Northern.

Standing in his 193rd first-class match, Fawad has given a sweet shut-up call to all his critics once again, who had earlier elongated his anticipation to return to international cricket. Despite scoring consistently in domestic cricket, Fawad became a victim of injustifcation not getting a re-call in the international circuit.

His return to the international level after a decade became a story to write for every writer, a story that has been full of trust, patience, consistency, and intense hard work. Fawad had a great Test debut versus Sri Lanka in 2009, which saw him scoring 168. However, with a few runs in the latter matches dropped him from the squad, which was not something new in Pakistan Cricket.

Nevertheless, Fawad’s illustrious career in domestic cricket let people raise their voices for him as he found no place on an international level despite doing wonders in first class. From gathering 10000 runs back then, he has come across 14000 first-class runs today.

Where batters with inferior records were invited, Fawad remained ill-suited for the sectors. The wait ended after a decade when he was finally called back in 2019 for a home series against Sri Lanka but continued to warm the benches. Sooner, his luck got his included in the latter series against England.

The long-awaited return saw him scoring a four-ball duck, a day when half of his supporters turned into his critics. However, he again managed to give a shut-up call with back-to-back centuries coming in the forthcoming series. The new celebration styles, after being guided by further records, saw the return of Fawad Alam in a full fledge. Now the guy is on the brink of the second stint of his career with old wounds healing up.

Not much time ago, since the batter re-joined the National Test squad, he completed his 1000 Test runs in the last Test he played versus his debutant team, Sri Lanka, at Galle. He could only play the second test, that too being second-choice after Azhar Ali was dropped. He could manage 24 off 69 and 1 off 9 in the two innings, respectively. The two-match series was tied between the two this July.

Now, not sure whether the batter is on the verge of once again being faded from the national panel or Pakistan are getting too less number of Tests per calendar year since his return.

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SL vs Pak: Fawad Alam completes 1000 Test cricket runs

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