Fakhar Zaman wins ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for April 2023
Fakhar Zaman has been named the ICC Men's Player of the Month for April. The 33-year-old was in destructive form during the New Zealand tour. After the T20I series, Fakhar Zaman was in one of his best forms in the ODI series, scoring 363 runs at an average of 90.75 and a strike rate of 99.45.
A magnificent unbeaten 180 off 144 balls from Fakhar Zaman in the second ODI as the Men in Green pulled off their second-highest run chase in history in Rawalpindi on April 29. The hosts chased a mammoth score of 337 with ease in 48.2 overs. The performance came after an equally incredible knock in Pakistan's run-chase of 289 in the first ODI when Zaman scored 117 off 114 balls.
The destructive left-hander has had an impressive ODI career, averaging 48.43 at a strike rate of 93.27 with 10 centuries and 15 half-centuries. Despite inconsistencies after his famous match-winning century against India in the Champions Trophy final in 2017, Zaman has found some of his best form in the 2022-23 season, averaging over 70 across eight matches. His form will play a huge role for Pakistan during the upcoming World Cup in India.
"It is truly an honour for me to win the ICC Player of the Month for April" – Fakhar Zaman on winning the Award
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman stated about winning the award for his incredible white-ball performances in April against New Zealand. Zaman said,
"It is truly an honour for me to be named ICC Player of the Month for April. This month has been one of the highlights of my career and it was an amazing feeling to play in front of my own people in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi. "
"I really enjoyed scoring back-to-back centuries in Rawalpindi, but my favourite was the 180 not out in the second match.I hope to continue the momentum leading into the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, and make Pakistan cricket fans happy and proud with my performances."
The Pakistan batter competed with the other nominees like Sri Lankan spinner Prabath Jayasuriya and New Zealand batter Mark Chapman. Chapman had an incredible T20I series against Pakistan. He scored 290 runs in five matches. He remained not out in four matches. On the other hand, Jayasuriya picked up 17 wickets in two Tests against Ireland in Sri Lanka at an average of 21.76, including two five-wicket hauls.