The Pakistan Super League has given the national cricket team of Pakistan some positive outcomes with fresh talent making way into the team. It was not only the talent, some players that were dropped in the past made a comeback to the national team due to their heavy run scoring and performances in the domestic circuit.
The PSL sensation and pick of the emerging’s Shadab Khan made his way to the Pakistan Cricket Team after highly impressing in the tournament with his ripping googlies and innovated batting style. The 18-year old has a T20 bowling average of 18.56 which contains the scalp of 16 batsmen. Shadab in PSL took 9 wickets in 8 games at 19.11 with an economy rate of 6.61, which justifies his selection In the team as a spinner. Not only bowling, in a game against Lahore Qalandars, Shadab scored 42 of 24 deliveries and proved that he is not only a bowler.
Fakhar Zaman, he scored heavily in the past during domestic tournaments and first-class seasons, he was expected to be in the squad earlier but he proved his talent in PSL while playing for the Lahore Qalandars. Fakhar added 177 runs for his team in 8 games at a healthy strike-rate of 138. Apart from that, Fakhar holds an average of 29.62 in T20’s and 49.07 in LIST A which earned him a call up in Pakistan’s limited over’s side.
Next is the silent smiling assassin, the one who buzzed the oppositions off after taking their wickets; though, he never celebrated. Rumman Raees was already in the Pakistan Cricket Team before PSL but his performance in the Pakistan Super League justified many odds that might have went against his selection. Raees took 12 wickets in 7 games for his team Islamabad United at an average of 13.50 and economy rate of 6.19.
Somebody who already made his debut in 2013 against Sri Lanka, but was dropped for poor performance and then shone in the Pakistan Super League to make space for himself in the national team again. Usman Khan Shinwari he is, made his appearance late into PSL but showed the fire and hunger in his eyes, the passion to represent his country once again and so did he get a call up to the side. Usman Khan showed great resilience and maturity in his spells, mainly during the death overs of the innings where he provided handy slower and Yorker lengths. Usman Khan picked 6 wickets in 8 games for his represented team, Karachi Kings.
Back from the past, making way for yourself again and proving that you still have the same kind of touch in yourself that you had before. The 35-year-old Kamran Akmal has not only made way to the national side but also assured the selectors that he is the right guy to go for. Kamran who was the highest scorer of PSL 2, who scored 1035 first-class runs in the recent Quaid-e-Azam trophy of Pakistan, the one who has been performing consistently time and time again, the second centurion of PSL with 353 runs to his name in 11 games at a strike rate of 129, another of the Akmal family, Kamran Akmal makes his way to Pakistan’s T20I side after appearing for the last time in a T20 World Cup.
Another on the tally, who made impressive outcomes in his early days to international cricket. Ahmad Shahzad was one of those highly run-scoring in the PSL and domestic arena of Pakistan. Shahzad made it to the Pakistan Team for the 2016 world T20 but was dropped for poor performance through-out. However, he made up for those performances and scored heavily this PSL. In 10 matches played for his team Quetta Gladiators, Ahmad Shahzad made 242 runs which included 3 half centuries and a conquering 71 of 38 in play-off 1 of PSL.
All the comeback makers, talent rovers are only for the benefit of Pakistan. If looked after and groomed properly, they will reach higher levels and produce a lot of beneficial performances for the Pakistan Cricket Team. Let’s hope the senior’s and the team management put all their focus over these players and make sure they perform consistently and stay disciplined.