YOUNG SENSATIONS TO WATCH IN THE UPCOMING PSL 3
The emerging category will bring some exciting additions
After bringing players like Shadab Khan and Hassan Ali to the national team, the third edition of the Pakistan Super League is once again set to bring some exciting players to the limelight. Here are 5 young guns, set to enter the limelight.
The right hand batsman from Charsada, is a sensation to watch. He came as a replacement for Azhar Ali for Baluchistan in the Pakistan Cup 2017. Farhan distinguishes from the fellow regional players with his batting style. Having Sachin Tendulkar as his idol, he plays sensibly: calmly occupies the crease and once settled, he moves to top gear.
His aggressive batting hits win the hearts of the spectator in the Pakistan Cup. Farhan was phenomenal in Pakistan Cup by scoring 331 runs in 5 innings, averaging 45.66 with a strike rate of 111.38 in twenty20s. Aqib javed also claims that Farhan was in his list for Lahore Qalandars, however he was picked by Islamabad united to fill the gap left open by Sharjeel Khan. It is expected that he will give Islamabad the thundering start which they were once known for.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
The 17 year old, left arm seamer, who is already a sensation for his exceptional pace and swing movement. After a long time Pakistan has seen a quality fast bowler who can bowl at 145-150 kph consistently. He pitches the ball outside the off stump and then swings the ball, and sends the bails flying away. His amazing bowling performances in Quaid-e-Azam trophy and recently in the U19 World Cup were phenomenal. He got 12 wickets in 5 matches in the World Cup including the famous 6/15 against where he bamboozled the Irish batting line. Rahul Dravid, who coached India to victory in the U19 World Cup has been quoted as:
“Shaheen has all it takes it to be a future star and become a real asset to the national side”.
Shaheen’s phenomenal performance earned him a place in “TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT of the U19 WORLD CUP. He also took 8 wickets in the debut match of his domestic career. Shaheen Shah Afridi will showcase his talent in PSL 3 for Lahore Qalandars.
The 20 year old, batting all-rounder will be representing Multan Sultans this year. Saif has been phenomenal in the under 19 team and his knock of 75 runs of 80 balls against was a perfect example of his strong play. Previously, he was with the Lahore Qalandars and Aqib Javed once called him the next Babar Azam, Pakistan will have.
He recently walked to the center in a Sindh Vs Punjab domestic match where 132 runs were required in 12 overs. Though his team lost the match yet but the margin declined significantly and his resilient batting was a treat to watch. However, this season Saif goes to Multan and it can be hoped under the mentorship of Tom Moody and Wasim Akram he can transform himself to an amazing all-rounder that Pakistan is actually looking for.
Hassan Mohsin was the leading run scorer for Pakistan in the U19 World Cup and 4th overall. Hasan prefers to bat at no.4, 5 and is a good rotator of strike. Though he isn’t technically very sound but he assesses the situation well and molds his batting accordingly.
With Hassan in their ranks, Karachi Kings will find it easier to overcome their batting problems. Apart from his batting, his bowling as a medium pacer has been phenomenal. He knows the art of swing bowling, his performance against Afghanistan in the U19 World Cup was remarkable. Hasan will walk in to high expectations from spectators and teammates alike and let’s hope he fulfils their expectations.
The classy left hand batsman has been performed stunningly since his debut in the domestic career from the 2015-16 Quaid-e-Azam trophy. He scored 448 runs in 13 innings and made his mark from the very first series. He currently averages 47.58 in List A cricket and in his last 2 matches he has scored 134* and 70 respectively. The 22 year old has been selected by Quetta Gladiator for PSL 3 and Quetta is all set to use his form in the League.