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Karachi Kings: Players to watch out for in PSL5


The main problem facing Karachi Kings, who are yet to reach the final of the Pakistan Super League, is their players’ inability to play well together.

The Karachi
side boast some of the best players in the country but have struggled to
translate that into tangible success so far. The side features arguably Pakistan’s
best T20I batsman in Babar Azam, Pakistan’s best T20I bowler in Muhammad Amir
and their best T20I all-rounder in Imad Wasim.

They once again
look like one of the strongest teams in the league this season, with skipper
Imad having almost half of the Pakistan international side at his disposal.

Here are
two players that can help Karachi Kings take the next step:

Babar Azam: The world’snumber one batsman in the shortest format may feature at number three
considering the Karachi Kings have Sharjeel Khan and Alex Hales in their squad
but the right-hander will be crucial to the side regardless of where he plays.

The only
player who scored more runs for Karachi last year was Colin Ingram, who has
since joined Islamabad United.

Babar has
grown leaps and bounds since last year’s PSL and will be hoping to improve on
his tally of 335 runs last year, especially considering his strike-rate was
only 115.51.

The
Pakistan T20I skipper will anchor the side once again but is becoming ever more
capable of scoring quick runs as well. His yearly T20I strike-rate has improved
every year since 2017, going from 119.72 in 2017 to 126.51 in 2018 to 136.99 in
2019 and to 143.47 in 2020.

With
explosive players like Sharjeel, Hales and Cameron Delport in their top-order,
Babar’s ability to keep one end safe can prove invaluable to Karachi Kings.

Muhammad Amir: Muhammad Amir may have been dropped for
Pakistan’s recent T20I series against Bangladesh but the left-arm pacer is
still the country’s premium fast-bowler in the shortest format.

Amir was in
superb form during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and almost guided his Khulna
Tigers side to the title as he finished joint top of the wicket-taking charts
with 20 scalps to his name.

The
experienced 27-year-old tally of 13 wickets in last year’s PSL was also the
highest of any bowler to play less than 10 games.

His ability
to swing the ball means he will be more than a handful when the ball starts
moving around and will be doing most of his work during the powerplay and at
the death.

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