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Karachi kings, the winner of PSL 5 have finished with two points in PSL 2022. Babar Azam’s men conceded a single triumph in the tournament after 10 battles. The team never failed to reach playoffs in the past until the current season. Although, poor performance is seen throughout the tournament but their two games against Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi had unexpected results as the opponent snatched away the game completely when they were a few steps near the victory.
As a consequence, the Kings are awarded numerous unwanted records, surpassing the Lahore Qalandars in regards. Babar and co lost eight sequential games in PSL 2022, beating Lahore’s record as they lost six consecutive matches in 2018. Peter Moores, who was appointed the head coach of the Kings, is considered one of the best in his roles. Babar, the all-format captain of Pakistan was appointed as skipper by the franchise but things just went contrary to their plans and strategies.
Poor Performance in 2022
Not only this but Karachi are now having nine back-to-back defeats, the most by any team in PSL history, including the PSL 2021 playoff, versus Peshawar Zalmi. Earlier, Qalandars had eight consecutive failures, from PSL 2018 to 2019. Kings must not be wanting the inferior records and are still gathering themselves up from the traumas.
No other team other than Karachi Kings have lost nine matches in a single PSL season. The red-blue army could only beat Lahore Qalandars in the second phase of the extravaganza. The rest of the teams shattered them twice throughout. It must be noted that the record of losing most matches (not consecutive) in a single PSL season earlier belonged to Quetta Gladiators who lost eight back in 2021.
Overall, the Kings have 43 defeats totalling seven years, which is the most number of losses by any team over the years. It makes them the only PSL team to lose more than 40 encounters in seven editions.
Let’s investigate the reasons for their failure in PSL 7:
Top Order Reliance
Team Karachi Kings is relying on top-order batsmen like Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan. Top-order batters are playing with a slow run rate and inconsistency. The top order absorbed immense pressure due to the lack of depth of the batting order.
Middle-order from Karachi Kings collapsed terribly. Ian Cockbain, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, and Sahibzada Farhan were all out of form and they failed to play intense moments. Apart from that Joe Clark got hurt in the middle of the event and stay unable to play.
Absence of Mohammad Ilyas and Mohammad Amir
Karachi Kings seems unfortunate as their main bowlers and leading wicket-taker Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Ilyas were out of the tournament. Mohammad Amir is the hero of the franchise with 54 wickets in his record with an economy rate of 7.38 and an average of 29.59 in 59 matches. And his injury is a big loss for the franchise. Likewise, the absence of Mohammad Ilyas is one more factor of bad bowling performance from Karachi Kings.
Shortage of Spinners
Spinners have a good chance of taking wickets in middle overs. Although Kings have top bawlers Imad Wasim and Muhammad Nabi in their team, still they lack in variety as leg spinners have the ability to bring liveliness in the game and that seems missing in their matches.
Experienced Foreign Players Missing
Nonreliable decisions were made while selecting foreign players. Chris Jordan and Mohammad Nabi are experienced players but Joe Clark, Romario Shephard, and Tom Abell are beginners and new to the world of cricket. The injury of Tom Abell is hard luck for the franchise as he was ruled out of the event after his injury. Off-beam drafting of the players was a major reason for Karachi King’s drastic performance in the tournament. On the other hand, some local stars of Karachi Kings are playing impressively
Babar Azam Under Pressure
When middle-order batters were not performing up to the mark, the responsibility of captaincy as well as playing longer innings was on Babar Azam`s shoulder. Due to that, he was playing decent cricket and hard-hitting was missing, which is essential to escalating the run rate of the game. A Hard-hitting and excellent run rate is mandatory for winning in T20 format which seems lacking in the Kings franchise.
Poor fielding from Karachi throughout the tournament was another factor for their failure. The team has lost some of the games when they were just near to victory due to poor fielding in the ground. No proper fielding strategy or practice was observed in their games.
Karachi King’s poor performance has let the fans down as Karachi Kings surpasses arch-rival Lahore Qalandars’s poor performance.