The Cricingif writers give out their picks for the best of 2017.
Hasan Ali made his ODI debut in August last year against England. In 8 matches, he took 11 wickets that year, showed small glimpses of achieving greatness but no one would’ve expected him to become the ICC ODI No.1 bowler in so little time. Hasan Ali has well and truly announced himself to the world, and how?
Shadab Khan, before his PSL debut with Islamabad United, had played only 5 T20 games. Since then Shadab Khan has gone on to play for Pakistan, win man of the series in his debut series, made his test debut, won the Champions Trophy, played for Trinbago Knightriders, won Pakistan a game with the bat in the T20 versus Sri Lanka and has played for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. All this and it has not even been a year since he burst onto the scene.
Islamabad United’s then starboy, now a rockstar, Shadab Khan - who’s been like a whiff of fresh air for the Pakistan Cricket Team. A MOTM award on his T20i debut, and a MOTS award in his maiden series, and the important role played by him during Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy ‘17 campaign make him, in every sense of the word, the breakthrough player of the year. He’s currently picking up wickets for fun in Australia’s Big Bash League.
The name is Khan, Shadab Khan. It’s hard to look at anyone other than this teenaged leg-spinner who within a year of making his PSL debut is one of the most coveted players in franchise cricket at the moment. He was outstanding in the PSL as an emerging player; won man of the series in his very first international T20 series; became part of history, as he played a pivotal role in Pakistan clinching the CT title. Lets not forget that he was unplayable in the CPL and won the tournament, and is currently playing and bamboozling batsmen in the BBL.