Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Dec 21, 2015.
Think Karachi has a solid shot this year tbh
mA looking good. Hope Amir is well and ready to go for the next game. Batting might need some tinkering.
Easy W coming up against Lahore.
Should rest Amir vs Lahore.
It’s not like it’s going to be a tight game.
Lahore will win
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Need to drop mill for amir and bring simmons for manzoor. Settled.
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Maza agaya aaj.
With change in leadership and addition of Adrifi, its a completely different unit.
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Like you were following this team since ages. Lol
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No i wasnt but they were quite strong last year and year before but still didnt do much
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Imad Wasim hopes undefeated Karachi Kings maintain PSL form
Karachi Kings skipper Imad Wasim lauded his team for a "great start" in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 and expressed hope that the side would "continue this form till the end" of the tournament, in a tweet on Tuesday.
A day after his team's victory against the Lahore Qalandars in Dubai, Wasim urged supporters to "keep praying" for the Karachi Kings.
On Monday, the Kings won their third match in a row in the third season of the PSL, after the Qalandars' batting lineup collapsed for a third time in the tournament.
Previously, the Kings defeated the Quetta Gladiators and defending champions Peshawar Zalmi. Their next match will be against the Multan Sultans on March 2 in Sharjah.
Undefeated so far, the Kings are leading the pack with a total of six points.
Unlike the past two seasons of the PSL in which the Kings had failed to impress, the team appears to be a frontrunner for the trophy this year.
Shahid Afridi has made great contribution to Karachi Kings, says Mickey Arthur
Shahid Afridi steals limelight wherever he goes. So when the popular all-rounder switched from Peshawar to Karachi Kings everyone was expecting a big impact from him. Afridi has done that, without even smashing sixes and fours. He has contributed both on and off the field and head coach Mickey Arthur praised him no end.
Talking to ARY News, Coach Mickey Arthur told how Afridi has gelled in the Karachi squad, “I can only speak incredibly highly of the contribution that Shahid Afridi is putting in the dressing room. He is like a kid once again. The catch he took the other day and said that ‘coach, look I am fielding well and can come into Pakistan team again. I am available” He is advising Imad a great deal and has been excellent in his role. His bowling is great and I feel he will play an innings which will help us win sooner”.
Arthur also told about the recruitment process of Karachi Kings this year, he said,
“I think first and foremost we were very particular about our recruitment process. We looked for players who were useful for us. We looked for players who fit in. That’s why we have Colin Ingram, Joe Denly, Ravi Bopara and David Wiese and we knew that they will give us performances.
“They know that if they perform here it will be the gateway for other leagues. They have come hungry and are keen to perform. The whole team needs credit for that. We have won three games and we are in a good position. We have played some good cricket but we are nowhere near any form of celebration yet”.
By defending modest totals, Arthur believes that Karachi Kings looks like Pakistan team a bit.
“We have seen it certainly with the Pakistan team that bowling has not been an issue. Batting is an issue with us and our fielding is something that we prided on. I am satisfied and the amount of hard work we put in on fielding at the national level has permeated at lower levels as well”, he said.
Karachi Kings’ coach is also looking for an extraordinary talent in PSL 3 like Hasan and Shadab, he said, “Hussain Talat has played a very good knock the other day. We had Hasan Ali from the first event. He stepped in and made a great impact. Then we had Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman in the second edition but I have not seen anyone who has given me the joy Hasan Ali and Shadab gave but we still have a long way to go this year”.
Taking about Ravi Bopara’s knock against Lahore Qalandars, Arthur said he gave a big lesson to the youngsters to play a responsible inning.
“Yes, that a big lesson. I was quite hard on Ravi in the team meeting last night. I think he allowed the game to drift (against Peshawar Zalmi) in chase of 132, he should have finished the game in the 19th over so he came with a little bit at a fire in his belly. So he played a brilliant knock. We were targeting 150 but he got us 10 runs more than we wanted,” he said.
Arthur also said that we may send our players to play leagues all around the world, only if it is beneficial for them.
“We will judge every case separately. We have 20 players in mind so we will be cautious about sending them to leagues. If that is helpful then we may send them but if not we will not send them,” he concluded.
Karachi Kings will continue to work hard, promises Azhar Mahmood
Karachi Kings have surprised all and sundry in PSL 3. Three wins in as many games is a great start but the team management comprising head coach Mickey Arthur, team director Rashid Latif, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood and batting coach Faisal Iqbal will closely monitor the progress of the team and will guard against complacency.
The team’s support staff works day and night, on the field and away from it, to keep the good work intact, to bring the best out of the players.
The notable thing about Karachi Kings is their bowling resembles that of Pakistan. They have successfully defended modest targets of 150 and 160 in the three matches thus proving they can defend any total through their knack of taking wickets.
Against two times runner-up and formidable batting unit Quetta Gladiators, they took nine wickets, then kept another strong batting line up Peshawar Zalmi to 131-9 and then bowled out Lahore Qalandars for 132 — 28 wickets in three games! That speaks volume of their bowling.
The one man in delivering the most is Azhar Mahmood, also the bowling coach of Pakistan’s national team. Azhar has been an unassuming and silent performer. ARY News gives credit whre it deserves and spoke to the man with ‘Midas Touch’.
Q: PSL is all about grooming Pakistan’s raw talent and find good players for the national team. Have you found out any real talent till now in PSL 3.
Azhar: It’s a bit early, but, yes, talent is there and just like last year we have seen some talented player like Shaheen Afridi and Ibtisam Sheikh. Shaheen has played Under 19. PSL is a good sign for Pakistan cricket. Youngsters share the dressing room with top players. They learn how to prepare for a match, what should be the mindset and what should be the approach. So PSL is the platform for these youngsters.
Q: You have handled the bowlers very well. It seems that this is Pakistan team in blue colours, as they defend a modest total by taking wickets.
Azhar: Twenty20 cricket needs a method. At times people forget that you don’t start hitting from the first ball. If you see how Ravi Bopara batted (scored 50 not out against Lahore), the way he held the innings and scored a brilliant fifty and lifted the total. If you look at the opponents they got panicked by hitting big shots although they needed 75 in the last 11 overs.
So these things are lessons for the young players. I have three Pakistan bowlers in my attack so I tell them how to change approach in different formats. We play attacking cricket and take that option. A bowler must know that Twenty20 cricket is fast, you will go for runs and shouldn’t be worried about that. If you get wickets then it will put pressure on the batting side.”
Q: Usman Shinwari has fully recovered a big time. He was advised four to six months for recovery, but hasn’t he returned before time?
Azhar: His recovery is remarkable. When Usman was recovering he was sending me his videos of what he was doing. What he was doing and he and the medical team managing him worked really hard on him. Shinwari did the hard work and was very keen to stage a comeback. He worked very hard at NCA in Lahore and he must be given full credit. He took responsibility. Had Amir not had fitness problem we would not have played Shinwari. We wanted him to bowl more in the nets so that he fully recovers. But hats off to him.
Q: Three out of three for Karachi Kings now, would complacency set in?
Azhar: Our coaching staff does not allow any complacency to creep in. We will not think that we have won three games so we can relax. No, you win and you lose but the hard work should be consistent.
Karachi show there is more to them than meets the eye
The best squad? Karachi have the likes of Usman Khan Shinwari, Usama Mir and Lendl Simmons waiting on the sidelines. PHOTO COURTESY: PSL
KARACHI : The moment a sport loses its capacity to surprise the viewer is the moment it stops being worthy of their time. Cricket, for all its obsession with stats and patterns, still has the happy propensity of defying logic and confounding common sense. And so we come to Karachi Kings’ early form.
Letting Kumar Sangakkara, Shoaib Malik and Keiron Pollard leave for a direct rival would not be a recipe for success in anybody’s books. Yet it has somehow worked wonders for this Karachi side.
In Imad Wasim, they have a captain who is not only young but also likes to lead by example; a perfect blend of ruthless attacking intent and calm defensive composure. In Shahid Afridi, they have a player who refuses to be written off, who continues to hog the limelight with moments of sheer blinding brilliance. In Ravi Bopara, they have surely the PSL’s best performer across the three seasons. In Muhammad Amir they have one of the finest bowlers in the world.
Yet Karachi have proven to be one of those wonderful sides whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Under Imad, Karachi play with a kind of intensity that had seemed almost alien to them in the first two editions. A fire burns within this Karachi side and in the first three games it has consumed them and the opposition. How else do you explain the nigh-on impossible catches taken by an almost unknown Englishman and a 37-year-old retired superstar? How else do you explain the sixes hit by Bopara and Ingram when the team seemed to be struggling for momentum? How else do you explain Muhammad Amir confusing Peshawar Zalmi for India? How else do you explain a team losing three of its best players and becoming much better because of it?
Yet it would be disservice to the Karachi Kings think-tank to suggest there isn’t any method to this wonderful method.
Such is the balance within their squad that they can morph themselves to counter whatever conditions or opposition they come up against. On spinning tracks, the trio of Usama Mir, Afridi and Imad make up arguably the best spin-bowling attack in the tournament. On pace-friendly conditions, Usman Khan Shinwari, Amir, Tymal Mills and Muhammad Irfan Junior can form as deadly a quartet as any. On batting pitches that require more risks from batsmen, and hence longer batting line-ups, Karachi can have Bopara bowl four overs and hence get away with playing just two bowlers. Add to this the fact that they are the best fielding side out there and you can see why Karachi are top of the table.
Ask a group of people who Karachi’s main man is and chances are you may get a different answer from all of them. Therein lies their biggest strength and their biggest weakness. How do you stop a team that has neither any perceptible weakness nor any overpowering strength?
It may be too early to call but Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans seem to be heads and shoulders above the other four teams. The decision to let Pollard, Sanga and Malik leave for Multan may yet come back to haunt Karachi but for now they are reaping the benefits on what seems like a counterintuitive decision.
What is even scarier is that there is still room for improvement within this Karachi side. England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan is set to join the side after England’s series with New Zealand, the likes of Muhammad Rizwan, Khurram Manzoor and Babar Azam are yet to hit form and Amir has only bowled six overs in the tournament so far.
There is still a lot of cricket to go but right now there seems to be no reason why Imad and his men cannot harbour realistic dreams of being crowned champions in front of what will surely be a frenzied National Stadium of Karachi.
It has taken them three editions, but Karachi Kings are finally looking like royalty.
With three consecutive victories, are Karachi Kings on their way to bringing home the trophy?
The great performance of the Kings thus far has left fans hopeful for this season to be the one where they take the cup home. PHOTO: PSL
The Karachi Kings started the 2018 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) confidently, by winning their first three matches in a row. This is a historic moment for the Kings in the tournament, especially as they were able to beat the mighty Quetta Gladiators, something they have failed to do in the previous two seasons of the PSL.
For the third season, the Kings made a few strategic changes in their squad. They appointed Imad Wasim as a skipper, and were also able to rope in the legendary all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, for their squad. Before this season, Afridi was part of Peshawar Zalmi and was instrumental in their success. Now, his impact and influence is visible in the initial victories of the Kings.
Photo: Karachi Kings
In the second match of the tournament against the Gladiators, Afridi caught a breathtaking running catch, which resulted in the dismissal of a well set Umar Amin. Credit should be given where it is due, as his catch effort was pivotal in the Kings’ victory over the pre-tournament favourites and two-time PSL finalists, the Quetta Gladiators.
There is a sense of pride that the people of Karachi associate with their team. Their love for the Kings was evident from their celebration in various localities of the city recently, after the team defeated the Peshawar Zalmi. People were joyous and distributed sweets and cakes to celebrate the massive victory against the reigning champions. This year’s PSL is still in its early days, which is why the Kings need to maintain their intensity and continue to press the paddle. After all, would it not be exhilarating for them to play the final in front of their own crowd at the National Stadium?
PSL is also a good platform for Wasim to learn the traits of captaincy, and his performance just might help him regain his lost spot in the national team. Even though he made a few mistakes in the first couple of matches – the most glaring one being his decision to bowl the first over of the innings against Zalmi in front of Kamran Akmal, who took the full toll of his over – he still has ample opportunities to get back on track.
Photo: Karachi Kings
Fortunately, in the match against Zalmi, Mohammad Amir and other talented bowlers in the squad were able to save the day, and restricted Zalmi to a modest total. The boys managed to successfully chase the score, and registered their second victory in a row in the tournament.
Karachi Kings’ strategy of playing Khurram Manzoor as an opener is debatable, as he proved to be a liability in the first two matches. Even when talking about statistics, Manzoor’s strike rate in the T20s is barely reaching 80s, despite the fact that players prefer to have a strike rate of over a 100 in this particular format. Going forward into the tournament, the Kings need to replace Manzoor with a better player, and might be better served if they use the skills of Babar Azam and Joe Denly as openers instead. As the saying goes, “better late than never”, which is exactly the approach the Kings should take. England’s skipper Eoin Morgan will be joining the team in the later stages of the tournament, and his experience will prove to be immensely helpful for the squad.
Joe Denly playing for the Karachi Kings. Photo: Pakistan Super League
From the early days of domestic cricket, Karachi and Lahore have been regarded as the breeding ground for the future of Pakistani cricket, and have managed to raise some of the best domestic talent. However, thus far in the PSL, both the Karachi and Lahore teams have underperformed and disappointed their fans. Though the third season has surprised audiences with some great performances by the Kings, the Lahore Qalandars are once again disappointing fans by consistently staying at the bottom of the ranking.
When the time finally came for a showdown between Karachi and Lahore, third time proved to be a charm for the Kings, who defeated the Qalandars by 27 runs. Though the latter controlled the match during both innings, they failed to maintain the pressure on their opponents at crucial junctures. The Kings were reeling at 128/7 after 18 overs, but due to poor planning and slackness on part of the Qalandars, they were able to score 31 runs in the last two overs.
I am at a loss of words to see an inexperienced Shaheen Afridi being given the chance to bowl the last over of the innings. He proved earlier in the match that he was expensive for the Qalandars, as he kept giving away runs, yet he was brought back. Even in his final over, he conceded 18 runs and damaged the chances of winning the match. I cannot fathom the decision process behind using Shaheen at such a sensitive stage of the innings.
Sohail Khan and Shaheen conceded 84 runs in the seven overs they bowled against Karachi Kings. In my view, this decided the game and made defeat inevitable for the Qalandars. They struggled with the bat too, and slid from 70/1 in 6.3 overs to an all out at 132 in 18.3 overs. Talk about things escalating quickly, or in the case of the Qalandars, deescalating quickly. Even though a huge reason for the Kings’ win was a horrid performance on part of the Qalandars, their players also did not slip up and took every chance they got from the confused side and made the most of it. They finally settled the long on-going debate of biryani versus pulao, and as we all know, biryani emerged as the winner!
In their next match, the Kings will lock horns with the Multan Sultans, the new entrants and the dark horse of PSL 2018. The Sultans made a strong statement in their debut tournament and are sitting pretty close to the Kings, on the second position in the points table. It would be interesting to watch the Kings versus Sultans match, as three of the key players of the latter – Shoaib Malik, Kumar Sangakkara and Kieron Pollard – were part of the former’s squad in the previous season. Since these players have had “eyes on the inside”, they might use the knowledge of their opponents to their advantage.
Karachi Kings’ batting wobbled in the initial stages of the tournament, and they will need to work on it before they meet the Sultans. In my view, Sangakkara and Mohammad Irfan are the key players for Sultans, whereas a fit Amir is vital for the Kings’ cause. Whatever the result of the match may be, I am sure cricket fans inside the stadium and those watching on TV cannot wait for this exciting and high voltage event.
The great performance of the Kings thus far has left fans hopeful for this season to be the one where they take the cup home. While we eagerly anticipate the next match, let’s hope the team works on its weaknesses and maintains its position at the top of the board.
I just hope we didn’t peak to early. What’s great about this team is that the big guns haven’t really performed yet as far as the batting is concerned.
Faisal Iqbal talks about giving batting advice to Shahid Afridi
Karachi Kings’ batting coach Faisal Iqbal talked about giving batting advice to the veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi and his overall experience working the biggest franchise of the league.
“We [me and Shahid] know each other for the past 25 years,” he told while speaking to ARY News when asked that Afridi is not a player who takes much advice from coaches. “We have played a lot of cricket together, including cricket at junior and club level,” he added.
“We have very good understanding, we have been together for long time and have discussed cricket throughout, so there is nothing new. I and Shahid are close friends,” Faisal Iqbal added.
When asked about advice given to foreign players such as Joe Denly, he said that players from Australia and South Africa face low-bounce pitches in the sub-continent. However, this is not worrisome as they need minor advice to tweak the pitches to their favour.
“My efforts are according to the situation. These are world-class players and can adjust themselves. They only requires some minor tweaking, and I am thankful for their response,” he said.
Karachi Kings are currently on the top of the league table after three consecutive wins. When asked if they had pulled off too early, Faisal Iqbal said that coach Mickey Arthur is highly experienced and they have a great environment backstage and gelled together.
“I hope how it feels to be in a league like that, when you have really good with the players, management and the owners,” he said adding that Karachi Kings players and management have bonded well together.
When asked how emotional will it be for Karachi Kings to reach the final and play in Karachi, Faisal Iqbal said that he had thinking about it since it was announced that the final will be held there.
He recalled playing several matches in Karachi including his first Test hundred, and his last match there in 2009. Ever since then he has desired for a match to be held there. He said that people of Karachi were excited and are looking forward to the highly anticipated event.
Faisal iqbal batting coach and giving advise to afridi denly ingram.. bahahahaha
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Jealousy is a disease.
Yeah khurram is jealous of him.. he should have been batting coach and Faisal should have been opening
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Mohammad Amir raring to go after injury scare
SHARJAH: Karachi Kings’ spearhead Mohammad Amir is raring to go at Multan Sultans batsmen after resting for a match due to a side strain.
Amir will be back in Blue and Red as table toppers Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans lock horns at Sharjah stadium on Friday.
“I am feeling good now and am raring to have a go at Multan Sultans team. They have a very good batting unit with Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik so I have to be at my best to take wickets and win the match for Karachi Kings,” said Amir, who had the first PSL hat trick in his bag in the league’s first edition.
Amir now has a mini fan in his daughter Minsa who adores her no end.
“She is a blessing as they say that kids are your blessing,” said Amir.
“Whenever I am down a bit I look at her and forget everything in life and world and its a great feeling . She is already a great fan of mine and hopefully when she grows up, will always be a great motivating factor.”
In Karachi’s Dubai encounter against Zalmi, Amir, who had figures of 2 for 6 in his two overs had to walk off the ground due to the injury and wasn’t able complete his quota of four overs in his team’s five wicket win.
He was rested for the game against Lahore Qalandars.
he shouldn't play, but expect selfish Karachi owners and fans to force him to play
These are Karachi ke sher... not Islu burgers #DilSeJaanLagaDe
Amir shinwari and Mills/Irfan should be the pace trio for today. Dropping mills gonna helpus play simmons in place of Khurram.
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We will travel to Pakistan If Karachi Kings reaches the finals of PSL: Tymal Mills
Tymal Mills. (Photo Source: Twitter)
All the cricketing countries have avoided traveling to Pakistan ever since the attacks on Sri Lankan team during their tour of Pakistan in 2009. Pakistan had adopted UAE grounds as their home grounds where they played all their home series. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) started their own T20 League 3 years back in Dubai. The first season of the league was completely played in the UAE.
Through the league where 4 overseas players feature in every team, the Pakistani board tried to revive the cricket in the country as it announced that the finals of the league will be played in Pakistan’s Lahore city’s Gaddafi stadium. The announcement saw mixed reactions from cricketers as a number of players pulled out while few of them featured in the final in Pakistan. Darren Sammy-led Peshawar Zalmi won the tournament.
For the third edition of the league, the PCB has announced that 3 of the knockout matches including the finals will be played in two cities, Karachi and Lahore in the finals.
Tymal Mills, who has been playing for the Karachi Kings side alongside Shahid Afridi was recently asked If the English bowler would like to travel to Pakistan If his side makes it to finals of the league.
It will be an amazing experience to play in Karachi feels Mills
Mills who has picked up 5 wickets in the 3 matches of the tournament revealed that the whole team as a unit has decided to travel to Pakistan If their side reaches the finals of the league. Mills felt that It will be an amazing experience for him to play the game in Karachi.
” With the final in Karachi, if we were able to get to that stage then it will be an amazing experience for me to play in that city. Hopefully, we will see that happen. We at Karachi Kings have all agreed that as things stand now, we will be traveling to Pakistan to not only play in the final in Karachi,” answered Mills while speaking to Saj Sadiq of sky sports.
Mills was quick to suggest If they have to play the eliminator round in Lahore, even then he will travel to Pakistan.
Afridi ruled out of play for at least 10 days due to knee swelling
DUBAI: Flamboyant all-rounder, former captain and senior batsman of Karachi Kings Shahid Afridi has been ruled out for at least ten days after reports revealed swelling in his knee.
Afridi was not included in XI of Karachi Kings’ match against Multan Sultans on Friday, the match was a washout due to rain and a wet outfield.
Later, Afridi posted a photo saying he was getting MRI done on his knee.
“My apologies to all my fans who came to watch me play today. Getting an MRI done for my knee. Need your prayers. Will get back soon Inshallah,”
Sources close to Afridi confirmed that following the tests, doctors have advised him to rest for at least ten days, which means Afridi is likely to miss the next two to three matches for Karachi Kings.
“Reports suggest that he has swelling in his knee. He was feeling the pain for last three-four days, even played the last match after taking pain-killers,” said the source.
“After doctors advise, it is likely that Afridi will rest for at least a week but he’s eager to be on the field soon,” the source added.
Afridi, who turned 38 on Thursday, is likely to miss Kings’ PSL matches against Islamabad United on Sunday, Quetta Gladiators on Thursday and against Multan Sultans on next Saturday.
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Misbah handing out anda’s to his haters lol
Stop acting like Bengalis sticking out their heads after beating Pakistan in '99wc
But...this isnt our first/only win.
And it wasnt fixed lol :shrug
I hope it wasn't as Islamabadi players were playing tonight
bangalis never won the world cup, we did
so technically Karachi, Lahore and Quetta are Kenya, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe of PSL
@SwingNSeam let me know when you are able to decode this deep post
@maddgenius @Red Devil dekho kitna sara teezab aur namak nikal aya hai idhar
Da sa ke
@Mohammed Bilal you know they guy who ruined Shehzad, Akmal and Nasir's career was leading Islamabad United
Islamabad won the inaugural PSL. Karachi never made it to the final.