Karachi Kings – the most expensive team of PSL, is unfortunately looking for their first victory in 2017. They finished last season with worst performance by winning just 2 matches against rival Lahore Qalandars.
Even though they moved to next round on the basis of run rate, leaving Lahore Qalandars. Due to this, they faced too much criticism. This year, their journey is as worst as that of last season. They haven’t won a single match in PSL 2017. That’s the only team without a win among 5 teams.
If we look into the picks, Kings has made this season. The three big names they included in their squad were the great Carribean star Chris Gayle and Srilankan star batsmen Kumar SangaKara and Mahela Jayawardena.
Let’s have a look in their previous tournament performance;
* Chris Gayle; He played for Lahore Qalandars in 5 matches and rested for 3 matches due to his bad performance. He scored 103 runs with an average of 20.6, that’s not Gayle class obviously.
* SangaKara; He played for Gladiators just 4 matches, where his performance was fine. He scored 129 runs with an average of 32.25. His team Gladiators lost to Islamabad in final, where he scored 55 runs.
* Mahela Jayawardena; He was not in the previous season of PSL. In fact, he hasn’t got a chance to be in playing X1 this year too. So, if we consider squad of Karachi Kings. I find it as the most inappropriate squad.
They just have big names rather than young talent. Matches can’t win by just names. Their batting lineup is strong but not upto the mark for this format. They have ODI specialist batsmen like Babar, Sanga, Mahela. Shoaib Malik came to bat at 5th, 6th position. He should come one down, he has potential to hit boundaries. Same goes for Imad Wasim and Ravi Bopara.
They lack T20 specialist batsmen, have Gayle but he isn’t in the form. By scoring 160 runs against mighty Gladiators, you can’t expect a win. They should go for 200!
Their big mistake was in picking players. They went for names, no planning and selection criteria has been seen. Selected a player like Shahzaib Hassan who hasn’t played for Pakistan last 7 years.
Big changes are expected for upcoming matches. Ryan and Khurram must be in for next matches, by replacing Babar Azam and Gayle. Well, King’s journey is not over yet. Still 6 matches to go, cricket is a game of surprises. They must change playing X1 to get better results. Karachi can surely bounce back, ready for surprise!