Fawad Alam’s fairy tale story

Fawad Alam and his century against South Africa at Karachi means that his fairy tale story has now resulted in three centuries post exile.

The gripping story of Fawad Alam’s career

By the time Fawad Alam retires from international cricket, he will probably have one hell of a tale to tell to his kids. His initial selection, a decade in exile and the confounding comeback all make for a brilliant script. So, just how has Fawad Alam’s story panned out so far and what is there to expect for the future?

The timeline of Fawad Alam:


Fawad Alam made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2009. And, during the month of November 2009, he was dropped from the team after the 1st test against New Zealand.

In that game, he scored 29 runs in the first innings and 5 runs in the second innings of the match. He was to be recalled again, 11 years later, in 2020.


After 10 years and 259 days of wait, Fawad Alam was finally given a chance against England in the 2nd Test match on August 13, 2020. However, he started off his new journey with a duck.

Not the fairy tale everyone was expecting of a man having as bright of a domestic career as of Fawad. Hence, immediately, his critics rose up again. Despite this, he soon made his mark by scoring a century against New Zealand in the very next series.


Fawad Alam produced a brilliant knock against South Africa, whom were visiting Pakistan for the first time since 2007.

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What has Fawad Alam achieved so far?

Fawad Alam batting versus South Africa at Karach 2021.
Pakistan’s Fawad Alam (L) plays a shot as South Africa’s captain and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock looks on during the second day of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium in Karachi on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP) (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Fawad Alam scored a century against South Africa while playing a test match in Karachi. The following are few feats achieved by Fawad after reaching this milestone:

100 % conversion rate:

Every time Fawad Alam has struck a fifty, he has converted it into a hundred. Hence, it has been a 100 percent conversion rate for Fawad Alam till now. However, the latest century has been his 3rd in the career out of 14 innings, so the sample size is quite low.

2nd quickest to three centuries for Pakistan

Fawad Alam has now become the second player after Azhar Mahmood to score 3 centuries in innings equal to or less than 14 for Pakistan. He struck his 1st century in the year 2009 against Sri Lanka, then second and third century in the year 2020 and 2021 against New Zealand and South Africa respectively.

He has always been criticised for his eccentric batting stance.

Keshav Maharaj And Fawad Alam Press Conference

Century in the time of a crisis

In contrast to his hitting ability criticism, the latest century has been brought up a stroke of six towards mid-on off Maharaj’s bowling. Fawad came to bat at number five when Pakistan was in deep trouble with the scores being 4 for 27 on the board.

He scored 109 runs on 245 balls. This innings was a depiction of sheer patience which Fawad has shown for all these years.

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Fawad Alam’s exclusion story – Who is to blame?

In the press conference after the second day of the first Test Match against South Africa, Fawad Alam said that he blames no one for his exclusion for the past 10 years. He said:

“It was not written in my fate, whenever God has written it to happen for me, it will come to me. I have always been following this belief. I don’t know what I would have lost or gained, had I played for the past 10 years. I will get whatever is written for me, and no one can take that away from me.”

Fawad could have been dropped after a mediocre performance against England. However, the team management believed in Fawad, and soon after he struck centuries in two consecutive series. Hopefully for Pakistan’s sake Fawad Alam’s story will continue on with good form.

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