Cricistan's PSL Team Of The Tournament

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Cricistan's PSL Team Of The Tournament

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 24, 2016.

by Ahson Afzal
Feb 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM
  1. Ahson8

    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

    Jun 9, 2012
    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.

    Team Breakdown:

    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)

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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 24, 2016.

    1. XYZ

      XYZ Banned

      Sep 11, 2013
      Very well written OP.

      100% agree with the selection.

      Coincidentally fits the official selection criteria of PSL - 4 overseas players and 7 local! :)
    2. Mercenary

      Mercenary The Lone Wolf

      Dec 17, 2009
      Good team. I would have picked Sarfraz as the Captain and he could have played the keeper as well because Umar Akmal didn't play keeper for the Qalanders either.
    3. Mad Genius

      Mad Genius Cornered Tiger

      Oct 6, 2014
      1) Sharjeel Khan
      2) Tamim Iqbal
      3) Umar Akmal
      4) Brad Haddin
      5) Ravi Bopara
      6) Khalid Latif
      7) Darren Sammy
      8) Muhammad Nawaz
      9) Wahab Riaz
      10) Muhammad Sami
      11) Muhammad Asghar
    4. Patriot

      Patriot Kaptaan

      Oct 8, 2014
      No surprise, Peshawar was heavily relying on Tamim
    5. XYZ

      XYZ Banned

      Sep 11, 2013
      Great point.

      I would drop Russell and put Sarfraz in and play him as the captain. Afridi's captaincy was horrible in the match vs IU in play-offs.
    6. Ahson8

      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

      Jun 9, 2012
      Yeah did that on purpose. Made sure to have an "emerging" player in Asghar too.
    7. Choi Saab

      Choi Saab Smooth Operator

      Oct 4, 2014
      99% agree with your squad, just not sure how Brad Haddin didn't make the squad or 'notable mentions'.

      Otherwise it's a great squad and that is some detailed reasoning as to why each player was selected, great stuff @Ahson8!

      Like I said, not sure who, but I would try and squeeze Haddin in somehow.
    8. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      I 2nd this, when he peaked Islamabad peaked. He played some key knocks in the final rounds.
    9. Ahson8

      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

      Jun 9, 2012
      Yeah I did consider Haddin, should've put him up in the notable mentions I guess.

      Just think making Akmal keep & putting in Russell, Elliott & Bopara, as 3 of the international players strengthens this side with both bat & ball.
    10. Prince Pathan

      Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

      Aug 31, 2011
      After the finals would have liked to change the team I posted before with KP out, Haddin in, Sarfaraz out Ahmed Shahzad in.

      As a wicket keeper this tournament Haddin and Kamran were far superior, in terms of both batting and keeping Haddin was pretty damn good, Sarfaraz had a poor last few games and was crap behind the stumps. Best Pakistani keeper on purely keeping alone was Kamran Akmal.

      IMO Russel does not deserve to make the team ahead of Ravi Bopara, Tamim, Haddin or Elliot because he was signed as a batting all rounder and ended up scoring little but taking loads of wickets. He has the charm though, whatever teams he plays for they end up winning lol
    11. Shahzad.Firdous

      Shahzad.Firdous Cornered Tiger

      May 29, 2010
      1. Tamim Iqbal
      2. Sharjeel Khan
      3. Kevin Pieterson
      4. Sangakara
      5. Bopara
      6. Shahid Khan Afridi Boom Boom (Captain)
      7. Sarfraz (VC)
      8. Wahab Riaz
      9. Shaun Tait
      10. Mohd Asghar
      11. Mohd Irfan
      @Ahson8 @SwingNSeam

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