Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam smashed a brilliant century on Day 3 of the second Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston.
Alam struck his fourth Test century since his comeback in international cricket after a decade to lead a fightback against West Indies on Sunday. He is also the eighth leading run-scorer in Test cricket this year with 513 runs in 11 innings at an average of 57.
Interestingly, through the course of his knock, Alam also became the fastest Test batsman from Asia to score five Test centuries. The 35-year-old scored five hundreds in only 22 innings, surpassing the record held by Cheteshwar Pujara who achieved the feat in 24 innings.
Meanwhile, former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop has lavished praise on Fawad.
"I am taking substance over style; Production over aesthetics any-day. Fawad Alam deserves every run and more that the cricketing gods deem necessary for him. 4 centuries in the last 12 months since he returned (two clapping hands emojis)," tweeted Bishop on Monday.
I am taking substance over style; Production over aesthetics any-day. Fawad Alam deserves every run and more that the cricketing gods deem necessary for him. 4 centuries in the last 12 months since he returned.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) August 22, 2021
Alam, resuming from 76 after retiring hurt due to cramps on the first day, made an unbeaten 124 runs off 213 deliveries with 17 fours to guide his side to 302/9 before skipper Babar Azam declared the innings.
At the end of the third day, West Indies are 39/3 in 18 overs and trail by 263 runs.