Quetta Gladiators sealed their place in the top two with a crushing 43-run win over Islamabad United, courtesy Ahmed Shahzad’s 73. Ahmed Shehzad led the way in an innings expertly paced right up till the last two overs, keeping Quetta on track.
Ahmed Shehzad was being criticised for his slow approach and defensive temperament in the previous game against Multan Sultans. However, he gave a befitting reply to his critics by scoring with 73 off 46 balls, which included nine boundaries.
Ahmad Shehzad is garnering reward of his self-analysis and has taken a cue from India’s cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in his quest to make a comeback for Pakistan.
Shehzad, who was banned by Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) for two violations of the anti-doping rules after he tested positive last July, led from the front in Quetta Gladiators’ 43-run win against Islamabad United said that, “He has taken a cue from India’s cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.”
“I had a talk with Sachin and he was stressing that you should not regret,” said Shehzad after scoring a 43-ball 72 to give Quetta a total that Islamabad failed to reach despite the best efforts from New Zealander Luke Ronchi.
“In his interviews also, he has said that one should do so much hard work that there shouldn’t be any regret. I have tried to do that. As a Muslim, you believe that things will happen as per the wishes of Allah but if your process is good and giving 110 per cent then that’s what is important. I’m confident that I can comeback into the Pakistan team. This one thing that one shouldn’t forget and I have learnt that from a young age.”
Quetta Gladiators who sealed their place in the top two with 14 points and having already qualified for the plays-off — will be playing their next match against Karachi Kings on March 10.
Quetta always suffered due to unavailability of foreign players in Pakistan’s leg of the tournament. Watson was among players who refused to visit last year, but this time he has made himself available for games in Karachi.
But this year, Australian cricketer Shane Watson has confirmed that he is coming to Pakistan to play PSL games in Karachi for Quetta Gladiators.
“It was always going to be difficult to leave before the final so I’m very excited. We have got a good squad and a great team this year and I would love to be involved with Quetta Gladiators taking those final steps,” he stated.
List of players who will be available for Quetta Gladiators:
- Shane Watson (AUS)
- DJ Bravo (WI)
- Rilee Rossouw (SA)
- Fawad Ahmed (AUS)
PSL remaining fixtures:
Match 27: Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United – March 9, Karachi
Match 28: Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators – March 10, Karachi
Match 29: Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans – March 11, Karachi
Match 30: Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi – March 11, Karachi
Eliminator 1 (3 vs 4) – March 13, Karachi
Qualifier (1 vs 2) – March 14, Karachi
Eliminator 2 – March 15, Karachi
Final – March 17, Karachi