The Pakistan Super League has been a widely celebrated and the most lucrative cricket leagues across the globe. The entertainment and talent it beholds can be found in every while you witness this tournament. Every year, the cricket-crazy nation looks forward to the twenty-twenty league; where some from the audience mark their time to experience a new meme trend on social networks, while others sit tight anticipating who will grab the trophy this time!
Since the beginning, PSL 5 has been curved in controversies because of one reason or the other. After the end of a long uproar over the 2020 PSL Anthem – followed by the contentious Opening Ceremony – the recent talk of the town is all about this erratic team called Lahore Qalandars.
We cannot deny the fact the Lahore Qalandars have always been in the dialog due to the strong image it has developed, of receiving consecutive unfortunate defeats, since the past few seasons.
But this time, LQ’s lineup has definitely turned the tables!
Since Lahore’s first win in PSL 2020, media has become quite active and every cricket enthusiast – with a few critics on the top – have been sharing their views on how Lahore Qalandars have reversed the whole scene and overpowered few of the top PSL celebrities by unleashing the talent of its own cricket line-up. Ben Dunk, for example, who is now being hailed as the batting Guru, has dented down big names like Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, and AB de Villiers! The PSL fever is now running high among the people of Pakistan as these unexpected personalities are being witnessed snatching the fame from long celebrated PSL heroes, right here in our backyard.
So, what’s different about PSL this time?
This time, quite evidently, Lahore’s hattrick of wins has been a major event that makes this HBL PSL season distinctive from any in the past. The eighth season of PSL persists with its streak of presenting the league’s most unexpected franchise, Lahore Qalandars that achieved a winning hattrick in consecutive three matches. Beginning from the first triumph, from beating Quetta… to Karachi… and towards the hattrick on Peshawar; Lahore seems to have been washing off any line-up that can be a potential threat to their win at PSL 2020!Lahore’s five-wicket victory from Peshawar Zalmi made the fans go in the frenzy mode for the first time, in a time that feels like eons. The LQ remains 3rd on the PSL 2020 points table now.
Yesterday, on the 10th of March, LQ line-up stepped into the Gaddafi field with their heads up high – following their big win against Karachi Kings by 8 wickets at the same place.
Now the question is: Have LQ’s sweeping performances flopped previous PSL heroes?
Apparently… yes! The audience on social media has been seemed to cheer for LQ’s left-handed batsman, Dunk as much as they used to do for Multan’s flamboyant Ab de Villers and the Caribbean Sensation Chris Gayle.
And why wouldn’t they do so? It’s almost as entertaining (or more) to watch LQ’s line-up wash off the opposition bowlers’ singlehandedly! A great example of this is when the Qalandars seamlessly reached up the 188-run target given by the KKs in the last game by Ben Dunk’s courtesy, who hit the ball across the boundaries a whopping twelve times, as well his final Six of the match. Dunk couldn’t score a whole century, but succeeding to gain 99 runs and millions of hearts!
On the other hand, Sohail Akhtar was another big hitter who achieved 68 runs in just 46 deliveries; not to mention David Wiese’s winning six, which got LQ victory in the match they almost lost against PZ yesterday!
Besides, Shaheen Shah Afridi is another rising hero at PSL 2020, who comes atop on Lahore’s list, leaving behind popular bowler like Yasir Shah in this year’s PSL. He crossed Yasir Shah’s record of downing 23 wickets with the 2 wickets he took in the game against Quetta. Shaheen also accomplished a fifty-wicket record in his T-twenty career.
Now half the tournament has gone by and the limelight is still caught by the Qalandar Heroes. From losing three games consequently to winning three games in a row, we can say, Lahore has really come a long way!