There has been criticism levelled against the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for failing to produce exceptional batting talent since its inception. This trend was bucked to an extent in the recently concluded fourth edition of the league, where players such as Umar Siddiq and Ahsan Ali showcased remarkable composure and glimpses of brilliance with the bat.
Siddiq, in particular, caught everyone’s attention with his knack for middling the ball beyond the boundary rope. Fulfilling the role of a wicketkeeper-batsman for Multan Sultans, the 26-year-old scored 169 runs in 7 games in the PSL and continued that form in the Pakistan Cup, where he averaged 51.25.
Talking about his main source of inspiration in cricket, Siddiq expressed his admiration for former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. Praising the immense skill of Dhoni and his calm presence on the field, Siddiq claimed that he aspires to reach such levels of prowess.
“I am a great admirer and fan of MS Dhoni and I really wish to become his type of a cricketer. What really impresses me about him is that he is a fantastic wicket-keeper and on top of that he has an ice-cool demeanor,” he said.