Dirillis Ertugrul is a famous Turkish TV series that has been making rounds on social media and it also went extremely viral in Pakistan. The historic series is based on the emergence of the Ottoman Empire and the leading character is played by Engin Altan who is starring in the series as Ertugrul Ghazi.
Some of the leading celebrities and cricketers of Pakistan are also watching this series and in recent events, Fawad Alam made an incredibly attractive sword celebration after scoring his comeback century against New Zealand in the first Test match held at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
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Pakistan lost the match by 101 runs but Fawad Alam was trending on Twitter as Pakistan fans appreciated his marathon innings. The left-hander from Karachi scored his maiden Test ton in his debut outing against Sri Lanka in 2009 and this was his 2nd Test ton after a gap of more than 10 years.
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Since his debut ton, Alam has been ignored for selection in the national team and meanwhile, he continued to pile up runs in domestic cricket at an average of 55 throughout this period. After his century against New Zealand, Alam stated that his sword celebration was actually inspired by the Turkish TV Series Ertugrul.
“My celebration when I reached my hundred was from a scene in Ertugrul Ghazi,” said Fawad Alam after his fantabulous ton.
Despite Fawad’s brilliant century and Mohammad Rizwan’s twin half-centuries in the 1st Test, Pakistan could not draw the match courtesy of some brilliant and amazing spells of bowling by Neil Wagner & Kyle Jamieson.
Fawad went for 102 and he resisted for 269 balls and smacked 14 boundaries. On the other hand, Rizwan was dismissed for 60 by Jamieson and these two scalps had opened the gate for New Zealand.
Faheem Ashraf couldn’t replicate his first innings performance and went for just 19 in the 2nd match to give New Zealand a go at the tail. Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah resisted for more than 8 overs but Naseem eventually lofted a straight drive to Mitchell Santner who took a one-handed catch while jumping up in the air.