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Exciting times for cricket fans converging thick and fast, as the 7th season of Pakistan Super League is just around the edge. Starting from 27th January, with the much-anticipated encounter of Karachi Kings and the defending champions Multan Sultans in National Stadium Karachi.
Team Preview: Karachi Kings
A look back at their journey within the marquee event emphasizes a decently performing side with rather unforeseen performances in the bigger contests. The franchise has never been short of adequate resources but it’s the execution that has held them back at times.
As mentioned prior, Karachi will be on show in the opening game where they will be fighting it out against Multan Sultans. The last time these two sides met, kings remained short at the final hurdle despite a fabulous 85 from Babar Azam. Meanwhile, in the head-to-head comparison, Karachi kings have dominated the Sultans winning 5 out of 7 face-offs.
What to Expect from Karachi Kings
Karachi Kings looks a well-balanced team in this edition having all bases covered. A decent mix of youngsters & experienced campaigners. Superb batsmen, Genuine all-rounders, and lethal bowling options make them a decent contender for holding the ultimate prize, Title.
The home advantage in half of their first round matches, will indeed be a morale booster. Besides that, a name like Peter Moores who has been a respectful name in coaching worldwide, will be another positive aspect. Babar Azam will be taking the charge as captain of the side for the first time. His recent highlights as captain of the national side have been very encouraging & will be another ingredient bringing positive energy to Kings setup.
Over the years, bowling hasn’t been the strongest pursuit of the Kings as they experienced continuous ups and downs. However, this year seems promising with the variety of bowlers they have assembled in their camp. The Onuses of Karachi Kings bowling lineup this season primarily relies upon the following names:
A renowned name globally and one among the T20 specialists. Chris Jordan through his perfectionism can silence the very best on his day. He will be carrying a huge weight of Karachi’s bowling lineup in this edition of the top-notch league.
An emerging prospect and a quality pacer having proper control over his bowling. He holds a unique importance in the Kings franchise, as they seem to have huge hopes pinned to a young rookie to stand tall and be the necessary flavor they are looking to add in there.
Always have been in the discussions, especially of late with that depleting pace & retirement from International cricket. But the franchise has kept the belief in him as the go-to pacer in the side. Muhammad Amir will be looking forward to silencing his critics through relentless performance which seems an inherent characteristic to him.
Having few of the supreme global batsmen in their ranks. Karachi Kings always have been a powerful batting lineup. This season seems indifferent in that regard with some huge names in their camp:
A T-20 beast, perfectionist & stylish. Babar has got it all, backed up with superb consistency, an ideal icing on the cake. Now with the added responsibility of captaincy, Azam is indeed the backbone of the Karachi Kings franchise.
An aggressive right-hand young batsman. Recently sparkled the Big bash league through his fearless batting. He had a brief stint with the Karachi franchise in the initial leg of PSL 2021 and showed glimpses of his worth. He will be looking forward to continuing with the good work.
An explosive left-hander and a PSL giant. Sharjeel will be looking to continue on with consistently proving his mettle, putting a strong case for the national side. Sharjeel holds pivotal importance on the Karachi King’s side.
Karachi franchise has few of the finest all-rounders in their armory. Some of the names in there are dream picks for any league around the world.
The veteran all-rounder from Afghanistan is a complete package with his useful off-spin and handy batting. He could provide the much necessary balance to the Karachi Kings franchise.
An important figure in the king’s team. Imad Wasim is a top-class bowler renowned for his controlled bowling within the powerplay. Adding on to that, a worthy batsman who often performs the role of providing the necessary impetus to their batting through his aggressive cameos.
A valuable youngster and the current captain of the Pakistan U-19 team. He will be in action for the very first time in PSL this season and can make an impact from the very go through his decisive bowling and aggressive batting.
One could find minor loopholes in the Karachi Kings bowling lineup. But overall, this side looks solid and complete under the supreme leadership of Babar Azam. They would be looking forward to reiterating the heroics of season 5.