ISLAMABAD: Former skipper Ramiz Raja stated on Thursday that the fifth version of Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) has supplied the nation with some thrilling and breakout batting expertise.
“For the past several years we were eager to see whether the PSL would provide the country talent in batting or not. Finally, after four years of hard effort we’ve found young exciting batting talent,” he stated on his YouTube channel ‘Ramiz Speaks’.
He stated though PSL 5 remained incomplete [due to coronavirus outbreak], it was promising because it was filled with batting and bowling thrill.
He additional stated within the match there have been 4 to 5 younger batsmen who displayed spectacular expertise. “I think they are breakout players, who can serve Pakistan very well in the future provided work is done on them and they are taken care of,” the cricketer-turned commentator stated.
“Haider Ali (Peshawar Zalmi), Zeeshan Ashraf (Multan Sultans), Azam Khan (Quetta Gladiators) and Khusdil Shah (Multan Sultans) played outstandingly in the tournament and could become world-class articles if proper attention was paid on them,” noticed Ramiz.
Haider Ali’s numbers in PSL from the viewpoint of strike charge are excellent. However his common is 29, which isn’t sufficient for a frontline batsman. Which means he should usher in consistency. His ideally suited place to bat is quantity three as he can play large pictures. He doesn’t must do improvisation as he has high quality hits and his energy base is so sturdy that he may even achieve success if he retains on doing regular batting,” wrote Ramiz.
“His best template and reference point is Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, who both have staggering numbers in T20 cricket as they don’t do too much improvisation. They both have skills and play such conventional shots, which help them to remain consistent and prove much-winners.”
“Haider Ali is also a talent of that level. He is a natural big hitter and strike force, who only needs to be consistent,” he added.
Ramiz stated Zeeshan Ashraf was one other spectacular younger batsman whose take off in PSL was beautiful. “He plays openly and freely but skillfully and gives you a left-handed opening option.”
He stated if correctly work is completed, Zeeshan might show an incredible asset as he might do pinch hitting and play lengthy innings.
“My next pick is Azam Khan, who has immense batting talent. Clearly, he has to reduce his weight and improve his fitness. But what is impressive about him is his calm demeanour, confidence and the ability to read the situation and then apply himself. He is also not scared of the reputation of a bowler.”
He stated being the son of former captain Moeen Khan and Gladiators head coach, Azam had an added stress which he efficiently dealt with by means of his efficiency. At no level [in the event] that additional stress was evident on his face. He backed himself and performed some excellent innings within the center order.
“This was a very difficult position for a young batsman, especially at a time when Gladiators top order was not functioning. The good thing about him was that he played some really big shots, while his defence was also very solid. This shows that he has the ingredients to become a force to reckon with.”
Ramiz expressed the hope that within the subsequent PSL version, Azam can be a lean machine as that was obligatory for his future in cricket.
The erstwhile captain additionally heaped praises at Khushdil Shah, who scored 175 runs in PSL 5 with 100 of them approaching sixes and fours. For 4 instances he remained unbeaten on this match. He’s a God-gifted batsman, who’s a pure timer of the ball. He batted down the order however by no means disenchanted his group.
He stated Khushdil performed some entertaining innings, significantly the one towards Lahore Qalandars, who had a really sturdy quick bowling assault was very spectacular. He has good pickup in addition to straight pictures. The best high quality of his energy hitting is that he smashes straight on the lengthy off and lengthy on. That is what I used to be desirous to see from younger Pakistani batsmen for fairly a while.
“I feel Pakistan has found a match-winner at the position of number six or seven. Being a left-hander he gives you an advantage as the opposition will have to work hard to bowl such a batsman in the late middle order.”
Ramiz additionally lauded younger Pakistani bowlers stating that added magnificence to the match. He stated 5 to 6 bowlers had the aptitude to bowl at 146km to 147km per hour. From exhausting size ball to a yorker and from gradual bouncer to a tough bouncer they possess all varieties.
“We saw a high velocity, high voltage fast bowling in PSL. These bowlers used variations according to the requirement of the situation. This shows that Pakistans future in fast bowling is fully perfect and filled.”
Printed in Daybreak, March 20th, 2020