Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan bowled the most economical spell in the history of Twenty20 cricket on Saturday as he conceded a run only off the final ball of his spell and finished with two wickets.
Irfan, playing for Barbados Tridents against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League, snared the wickets of West Indian stars Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.
However, his sensational effort wasn’t enough as the Patriots reached the victory target of 148 with seven balls to spare and six wickets in hand.
“I’m really happy. I would’ve been happier if the team won, but I am happy that I bowled one of the best spells in T20 cricket,” Irfan said after the match.
“I liked bowling on the lively wicket, and I get extra bounce because of my height. So yes, a satisfying performance.”
The 36-year-old Irfan dismissed Gayle with the first delivery of the innings and picked up the scalp of Lewis in his second.
Brandon King took a single from his very last delivery to deny Irfan a fourth maiden. Irfan ended with figures of 4-3-2-1. He hasn’t played for Pakistan for more than two years.
With Pakistan due to take on Australia in a two-Test series in the UAE, Fakhar is preparing himself for a call-up.
“I’m eager to play Test cricket. Currently I’m rigorously preparing for the series against Australia and hope that I will be given an opportunity during the series,” the left-hander told the Daily Express in an interview.
The schedule for Australia’s tour of the UAE is yet to be released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with the two sides also slated to play three T20Is apart from the two Tests.
The swashbuckling batsman is yet to make his Test debut for his country. Fakhar was selected in the Pakistan Test squad during their recent tour of England but he wasn’t picked in the playing XI for either of the two Tests.
Fakhar and the men in green will also turn their attention to the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE where they are due to take on India on September 19.
The 28-year-old batsman believes Pakistan can repeat their 2017 heroics where they lifted the ICC Champions Trophy in England after beating their arch-rivals and neighbours in the final.
“We are preparing adequately in order to perform to the best of our ability. We are capable of repeating the performance we showed in the last Champions Trophy in England,” he stated.
The opening batsman was in sensational form during the side’s tour of Zimbabwe where he broke Virat Kohli’s record to become the fastest player to score 1,000 ODI runs.
Despite his recent exploits with the bat, the Pakistan man counts his century against India in the Champions Trophy final as his best innings.
“Despite breaking a lot of records in the recent past, my favourite innings for Pakistan is one against India in the final of Champions Trophy 2017. That innings made the entire nation happy and that’s what makes it memorable,” he said.
Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan was sworn in as the country’s Prime Minister on Saturday.
Imran’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party emerged as the single largest party in the July national elections but fell short of a majority. It formed the government with the help of independents.
Khan – who led the team to the 1992 World Cup win – took oath on Saturday, a day after being elected by lawmakers in the national assembly.
Former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Sidhu were invited for the ceremony. Out of the three, only Sidhu – currently a state minister in the Punjab government – was present at the event after Gavaskar and Dev turned down the invite.