Quetta Gladiators - PSL 2018 - Team Preview

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Quetta Gladiators - PSL 2018 - Team Preview

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 22, 2018.

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Feb 22, 2018 at 9:30 PM
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    Squad:

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    Batsmen: Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Asad Shafiq, Saad Ali, Rameez Raja, Jason Roy, Saud Shakeel, Umer Amin

    All-rounders: Mohammad Nawaz, Jofra Archer, John Hastings, Shane Watson, Anwar Ali

    Wicket-keepers: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Azam Khan

    Bowlers: Hassan Khan, Mir Hamza, Rashid Khan, Rahat Ali, Faraz Ahmed, Ben Laughlin


    Preview:

    The ‘nearly’ team of the Pakistan Super League. Quetta Gladiators has the most wins in Pakistan Super League history, but they have nothing to show for it. Twice they made the finals, and both times they lost, first to Islamabad United, where their bowlers could just not neutralise Brad Haddin and Dwayne Smith’s charge, and second to Peshawar Zalmi. That time they lost all four of their foreign players for the final, as they refused to visit to Lahore, whereas their opponents had a full strength team, and the Gladiators just could not match their level in the final.

    Squad wise, Gladiators have once again gone for a very similar strategy from the last two editions. Once again their batting will mainly depend on foreign batsmen like Kevin Pietersen and Rilee Rossouw, in addition to captain Sarfraz, while they will use spin to attack the opposition.

    The loss of Ahmed Shehzad, the highest run-getter over the last two seasons, will however weaken their batting. Similarly they may miss Zulfiqar Babar’s bowling. While their local pacers aren’t the strongest, Quetta used the replacement draft well, picking Ben Laughlin and Jofra Archer, who will bolster their attack.


    Pros:

    1) Spinners: Once again, spin will be the go-to weapon for Quetta captain Sarfraz Ahmed, with Mohammad Nawaz and Hassan Khan to attack the opposition. Even though they still have a strong spin attack, it looks weaker than last years’ with Zulfiqar Babar missing. Although Babar’s performances had slightly declined with age, Quetta should probably have picked an apt replacement for him, which they failed to do , and that could cost them, although No. 1 ranked T20 Bowler Rashid Khan will boost their attack when available

    2) Quality Foreign Contigent: Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, Shane Watson, Ben Laughlin. Quetta have some very high profile foreigners in their squad, and they will once again be the key to their performances

    3) Allrounders: Quetta have some very good allround players at their disposal. This includes batting allrounders like Shane Watson and Mahmudullah, as well as bowling allrounders like Mohammad Nawaz and Jofra Archer, who can contribute well in both batting and bowling

    4) Captaincy: Quetta will once again be captained by Sarfraz Ahmed, who uses his spinners quite well. Once again his use of his bowlers will be important in determining Quetta’s fate in this tournament


    Weaknesses:



    1) Pacers: Even though they picked up some good foreign pacers in the replacement draft, Quetta’s local pace trio of Rahat Ali, Mir Hamza and Anwar Ali hardly inspires any confidence. They will hope the spinners are upto the mark and that the batsmen can make up when their bowlers fail

    2) Player Unavailability: While Jofra Archer and Rashid Khan are both quality picks, they will be unavailable for the bulk of the tournament. Similarly, Mahmudullah will only get a handful of games. Quetta will have to work their way around the unavailability of their foreign players.


    Players to watch out: Keep your eyes open for Saud Shakeel and Saad Ali. Two talented left-handers from Karachi. Saad has one of the highest List A averages in the country, and was among the top run-scorers in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, while Shakeel has been earmarked for success by many since his U-19 days. The latter can also bowl some handy part time left arm spin.


    Summary:

    Like always, Quetta will be dependent on foreign batsmen and spin. Their pace attack, in particularly their local pacers look weak, but they have shown they can neutralise that in the past. They will be hoping to go one step forward in this PSL, and finally win a trophy for a change.
     
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