So now that it's come to an end, what would be your XI of the tournament ?
Here's my PSL XI. Keep in mind, only 4 international players per side, and also a player in the emerging category has to be picked as per PSL rules!
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United)
299 runs at 29.90
Picked up by Islamabad for his aggressive batting, Sharjeel ended up as the fourth highest run scorer of the tournament and became the first centurion of the PSL, smashing 117 off 62 balls in a high pressure knockout game vs Peshawar Zalmi. His hundred also earned him a spot in the Asia Cup & WT20 squads, and the Pakistani selectors, and fans alike will hope he can notch up similar performances for the national side.
Tamim Iqbal (Peshawar Zalmi)
267 runs at 66.75
The Bangladeshi opener made three fifties in the six innings he played for Peshawar Zalmi. Him making good starts ensured Zalmi's late order batsmen; Darren Sammy and Shahid Afridi, had a platform to attack. His importance in the Zalmi side can also perhaps be reflected in his partner, Mohammad Hafeez's performances. When batting with Tamim, Hafeez batted with freedom and got good aggressive starts, but after his departure, he could not perform in the same fashion. It is no surprise that Zalmi's batting could not pack the same punch after he departed.
Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings)
329 runs at 54.83, 11 wkts at 13.81
Announced as the most valuable player of the tournament, Bopara was the only positive in a poor campaign from Karachi Kings. His 71* & 6/16 vs Lahore Qalandars was instrumental in getting Karachi one of their only two victories in the tournament, and is statistically the best allround performance in T20 cricket.
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) [wk]
335 runs at 83.75
Umar Akmal has always been regarded as someone with loads of potential, but not too many performances to go by. In this tournament however, he showcased what he is capable of, ending as the tournament's leading run scorer. People will probably remember his show of fireworks against the Quetta Gladiators, but perhaps his more impressive performance came in the last league match against Islamabad United, where he showed signs of responsibility, steering his team out of troubled waters and getting them to a good score, an Pakistani fans will hope he can show the same maturity in future too. For the sake of strengthening this side (and a lack of other performing wicketkeeper batsmen), he plays as the wicketkeeper in this side.
Mohammad Nawaz (Quetta Gladiators)
120 runs at 17.14, 13 wkts at 18.00
One of the finds of the PSL. Nawaz was instrumental in winning Quetta games with both bat and ball. His ball to dismiss Brad Hodge in the first playoff vs Zalmi was probably the delivery of the tournament, and Peshawar never really recovered after that blow. His consistent performances with both bat and ball earned him a spot in Pakistan's Asia Cup and WT20 squad, and he will be hoping to replicate his performances at the international stage.
Grant Elliot (Quetta Gladiators)
65 runs at 16.25, 11 wkts at 12.18
The experienced New Zealand allrounder was a late signing for the Quetta Gladiators; (he was called up only because Jason Holder was unavailable, and because Holder's initial replacements Jade Dernbach & Thisara Perera were unavailable due to injury and international duty respectively), but he proved to be a very good signing, as his bowling proved hard to get away and he picked wickets at regular intervals for his side. Batting wise, he would have liked to have performed more often, but he managed to put up a 63 run partnership with Zulfiqar Babar for the 10th wicket, the highest in T20 history, albeit in a losing cause.
Andre Russell (Islamabad United)
84 runs at 12.00, 16 wkts at 17.25
Although he is known more for his hard hitting, it is his bowling that gets him into this side. With 16 wickets at an average of 17.25, Russell ended up as the tournament's highest wicket taker and was pivotal in Islamabad United's successes. He may not have lived up to his potential with the bat, he every now and then, he did provide glimpses of how destructive he can be if he gets going.
Shahid Afridi (Peshawar Zalmi) [c]
87 runs at 14.50, 10 wkts at 24.40
Although he didn't make a significant impact with the bat, Afridi's bowling; and his captaincy make him part of this side. His best bowling performance came in the league match vs Quetta Gladiators where he picked up 5/7 in his 4 overs.
Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi)
15 wkts at 16.33, 56 runs at 28.00
Probably the deadliest bowler of the tournament, Riaz bowled with pace, aggression and fire, picking up 15 wickets at 16.33 in the tournament, proving once again he ups his game on the big stage. Captain Shahid Afridi was as impressed as anyone by his performances and commented that if Wahab continues bowling in the same manner, Pakistan will lift the World Cup trophy. Wahab also raised his game with the bat, scoring 56 runs at an average of 28.
Mohammad Sami (Islamabad United)
12 wkts at 11.50, 23* runs
Before the commencement of the PSL, not too many would have expected Sami to make the team of the tournament, but he bowled with good pace and surprising accuracy to end up with 12 wickets at 11.50. He is known for faltering in pressure situations, but he was the one who stepped up for Islamabad United in the eliminator vs Karachi Kings, picking up 5/8 vs Karachi Kings. His performance in the PSL earned him yet another comeback in the national side, and only time will tell whether he is able to make this comeback count or if he will falter on the big stage once again.
Mohammad Asghar (Peshawar Zalmi)
11 wkts at 18.45
Easily the best of the "emerging" picks, Asghar bamboozled many batsmen throughout the PSL, including Islamabad United's icon player Shane Watson. His 11 wickets at 18.45 were instrumental in Peshawar Zalmi's successes. The high competition amongst the spinners meant that Asghar missed out being selected for Pakistan in the Asia Cup & WT20 squads, but this kid is definitely one for the future.
Peshawar Zalmi - 4 players
Islamabad United - 3 players
Quetta Gladiators - 2 players
Karachi Kings - 1 player
Lahore Qalandars - 1 player
Other notable mentions:
Cameron Delport (Lahore Qalandars)
Luke Wright (Quetta Gladiators)
Ahmed Shehzad (Quetta Gladiators)
Mohammad Amir (Karachi Kings)
Cricistan's PSL Team Of The Tournament
Cricistan's PSL Team Of The Tournament