The fifth edition of Pakistan Super League staged in Pakistan proved to be a resounding success. The playoffs of the competition were cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic outbreak across the globe. There were plenty of promising players who delivered splendid performances and might be included in the national side in the foreseeable future.
The tournament saw a lot of exciting contests with many matches going down to the wire. PSL 2020 saw plenty of splendid performances from young players such as Haider Ali, Naseem Shah, Zeeshan Ashraf, who did well for their respective franchises.
From Haider Ali’s splendid temperament to Zeeshan Ashraf consistency, the competition clearly showed that there is decent talent coming through the domestic cricket.
Let’s take at the five emerging players that did exceedingly with bat and ball in the fifth edition o 2020 Pakistan Super League.
First on the list is, Haider Ali, who proved to be standout rookie batsman in the fifth edition of Pakistan Super League. Peshawar Zalmi promoted him to no.3 in the batting order and it worked well for the franchise in the competition. He produced splendid performances for Zalmi this season.
The team management showed a lot of faith in him and he really stood tall in different situations. He clearly looked at ease against quality bowlers participating in the competition. Haider Ali accumulated 239 runs in 8 matches at an average of 29.87 with one half-century to his name. Given his excellent technique and solid temperament, he will surely be included in the national side in the near future.
The 27-year old wicket-keeper batsman showed consistency with the bat at the top of the innings for Multan Sultan this season. He looked pro-active at the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking for Multan Sultans.
In 9 matches, Zeeshan Ashraf accumulated 169 runs at an average of 18.77 with a strike rate of 133.07. Left-hander smashed two half-centuries for the franchise in this year’s competition.
In his debut PSL season, the 21-year old clearly showed that he certainly has the ability to deliver at the international cricket. He started the competition with back-to-back match winning performances against Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings. Azam Khan lost his form as he was used as a pinch-hitter in the batting lineup.
In nine matches played for Quetta Gladiators, Azam accumulated 150 runs at an average of 18.75 with one half-century to his name. Given his big hitting ability, he might play for Pakistan in the coming season.
The 17-year old made his Test debut for Pakistan last year. With his express pace, Naseem Shah has delivered splendid performances for Quetta Gladiators in this year’s competition.
Naseem Shah claimed 5 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 32.40 with a strike rate of 7.40. He was under-bowled at times and will certainly be given more opportunities once he plays more matches across all three formats.
Left-handed batsman made telling contributions with the bat and ball for Multan Sultans in the fifth edition of Pakistan Super League. Clearly, he put in splendid performances and has the knack of putting in big runs for the side in the later stages of the innings.
For Multan Sultans, Khushdil Shah accumulated 175 runs in 9 matches at an average of 43.75 with one half-century to his name.