PSL2020 Review: Top 5 Bowling Flops from the competition
2020 Pakistan Super League proved to be a tremendous success as Pakistan Cricket Board did everything necessary to stage a successful tournament in Pakistan. The fifth edition of Pakistan Super League came to unceremonious end after PCB postponed the playoffs and final due to coronavirus outbreak across the globe.
There were plenty of splendid performances from various players this season. On the other hand, there were many reputed names who failed to make an impact with the ball in this year’s competition.
Let’s take a look at five bowler who failed to make an impact in 2020 Pakistan Super League.
Bowling flops from 2020 Pakistan Super League
Dale Steyn (Islamabad United): He was the most experienced bowler in the Islamabad United squad for this year’s competition. The franchise signed Dale Steyn in a bid to bolster the pace bowling resources for the fifth edition of the league. Many cricket pundits would have expected Steyn to come good in the tournament. Despite playing competitive cricket in the past couple of weeks, Steyn clearly failed to adjust to the conditions and bowled way too short on docile pitches.
Steyn claimed just 2 wickets in 4 matches at an economy rate of 7.63. Veteran pacer would have love to played more games for Islamabad United in the fifth edition of PSL.
Faheem Ashraf (Islamabad United): He has been standout bowler for United for the past couple of the seasons. However, on flat pitches, Faheem Ashraf clearly lacked the skill and guide to outfox the opposition batsmen. He looked clueless at times and failed to come with better plans. He claimed 7 wickets in 7 matches and conceded too many runs to end up with an economy rate of 10.64. Due to his poor performances, he was dropped from the side for the last couple of matches.
Haris Rauf (Lahore Qalandars): His performance in BBL 2020 was so good that he was selected into the Pakistan T20 squad for Bangladesh series. Pacer failed to make an impact with the ball for the franchise this season. He leaked a lot of runs and clearly lacked variation to pick wickets on flat pitches prepared in PSL 5. Rauf played only five matches and claimed 3 wickets He was way too expensive and leaked runs at an economy rate of 10.77.
Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi): Since his back injury, Hasan Ali has looked at the same bowler as he was in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Hasan Ali career has been going through terminal decline. He delivered one or two decent performance and clearly lacked pace to outfox opposition batsmen.In nine matches played, Hasan Ali picked up eight wickets at an economy rate of 8.72.
Mohammad Irfan (Multan Sultans): He is one of the most experienced bowlers in the squad for Multan Sultans and was the spearhead for the bowling attack in this season. He has been a decent performer for the franchise but this one did not go according to plan.
Left-arm quick clearly struggled to make early inroads with the new-ball. He claimed only 4 wickets in 7 PSL matches at an economy rate of 7.91.