Another stellar season of Pakistan Super League (PSL) has passed by and again there was some serious young talent on display. One thing that the Pakistan Super League does like clockwork now is that it produces new talent year after year.
This year’s PSL reassured the tag of Pakistan being a ‘fast bowling factory’ as there were quite many talented fast bowlers in this PSL. Here are the best five finds of this year’s PSL (not in particular order).
In the pace dominant league, off-spinner Umer Khan stood tall with his intelligent bowling receiving accolades from everyone. He not only finished the tournament with an impressive economy-rate of 7.11 but also with the most wickets (15) for the franchise at an average of 16.13 and strike-rate of just 13.6. He also earned the Emerging Player Award.
Right-arm fast bowler, Haris Rauf managed to create a lot of hype coming into the PSL and has certainly lived up to his expectations. Hailed as Pakistan’s version of ‘Jasprit Bumrah’ because of his unorthodox bowling action and ability to hit Yorkers almost at will. The right-arm pacer played all 10 group matches for Qalandars and claimed 11 wickets with a more-than-decent economy rate of 7.41.
Fast-bowler, Mohammad Hasnain contributed massively in Quetta’s maiden PSL triumph with his man of the match performance in the final. At the age of just 18, he has been called up for the national team for the ODI series against Australia. Hasnain’s ability to bowl at 151kph and having all varieties in his arsenal mean that he could become a mainstay in Pakistan squads for not just years, but even decades.
The 25-year-old right-hand batsman cemented his place as No.3 batsman in the Quetta’s batting line-up. A relatively unknown commodity to the cricket world, he proved his worth with good batting performances throughout the tournament. He managed to score 172 runs in 8 matches with an impressive strike rate of 130.88.
Multan Sultans’ Umar Siddiq was one of the few decent young batsmen on show in the competition. The 26-year-old had an impressive record at the domestic level where he has a first-class average of 38.09 and List-A average of 42.18. In PSL 2019, Siddiq played some important knocks for the franchise and finished with 169 runs at an average of 24.14 and strike-rate of 112.66.