Sneak peek into the PSL: The PSL Centurions

Since its inception in 2016, the PSL (Pakistan Super League) has borne witness to many feats being accomplished and records being broken. Over the years, the T20 festival has been lauded by the cricket fraternity for producing some awe-inspiring and thrilling performances. As the PSL (Pakistan Super League) is in full swing, the teams have begun to lock horns, with both batters and bowlers jarring in their performances and putting forward their skill sets to counter each other. Throughout the tournament’s history, this battle of bat and ball has frequently resulted in some exuberant and breathtaking performances. In this article, we will take a look back at the tournament’s history and try to relive all these PSL centurions.

The league, owing to its high quality of bowling and being born not so long ago, is unlike its other contemporary leagues, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Big Bash League, which have been running for over a decade now and have a relatively higher number of centurions. The PSL has had a total of 15 centuries, and both local and international batters have contributed their fair share to the list of PSL centurions.

Mohammad Rizwan

The right-handed wicketkeeper batter is the latest to make his way onto the list of PSL centurions. Rizwan scored 110 runs in 64 balls while hitting 10 fours and 4 sixes for a strike rate of 171.87 while representing Multan Sultan against the formidable Karachi Kings in this year’s PSL. Rizwan was at the top of his game, and his stroke play managed to last until the end, helping his team to a respectable total.

Martin Guptill

The right-handed Kiwi opener made the list of the PSL Centurions this season while representing the Quetta Gladiators against his former franchise team, the Karachi Kings. Guptil, known for his aggressive brand of cricket, lived up to the expectations of his fans and scored 117 in 67 balls while hitting 12 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 174.62.

Harry Brook

The young right-handed batter from England (Yorkshire) had a stellar run in the PSL 7 (2022). Brooks utilised his form and notched a ton. Brook’s performance was especially impressive as he hit a blistering 102 in just 49 balls with incredible 5 sixes and 10 fours, giving him a strike rate of 208, an exemplary feat, and showcasing supreme potential and talent. Brooks entered the PSL centurion’s list while representing the Lahore Qaladars against Islamabad United in the first innings.

Jason Roy

Playing for the Quetta Gladiators in PSL 7 (2002), the English opener ingrained his name into the list of PSL Centurions against the Karachi Kings. Roy went on a rampage, scoring 116 off 57 while chasing a mammoth 204 target. The inning included 8 sixes and 11 fours with a strike rate of 203.50. The right-handed opener dazzled the audience with his clean ball-striking ability and a dazzling array of strokes throughout the innings.

Fakhar Zaman

The Pakistani southpaw opener made the list of PSL centurions while playing for Lahore Qalandars against archrival Karachi King in season 7(2022) of the Pakistan Super League. While chasing a total of 170 against a formidable Karachi bowling lineup, Fakhar played a staggering innings of 106 off 60 balls. Despite receiving little support from the other batters, Fakar single-handedly took the attack to the opposition, striking out at an impressive strike rate of 176.66. Fakhar’s innings consisted of 12 fours and 4 towering sixes.

Usman Khwaja

The Islamabad United left-handed opener from Australia took the Peshawar Zalmi bowlers to the cleaners and helped his team amass a mammoth total of 247. Khwaja scored an unbeaten 105 off 56 at an impressive strike rate of 187.50, making it to the list of PSL centurions. His innings consisted of 13 fours and three sixes. Khwaja’s inning was filled with everything from classy wristy stroke play to an all-around run scoring on all sides of the wicket.

Sharjeel Khan

The left-handed Pakistani opener has made it onto the list of PSL centurions twice, being the first centurion of the league in the league’s inaugural season in 2016 and again in the PSL’s sixth season in 2021. While representing Islamabad United in the first season, the flamboyant batter was at the peak of his prowess and scored 117 off 62 balls at an impressive strike rate of 188.70. Sharjeel hit 12 fours and 8 sixes in his innings and helped his team reach a match-winning total of 176 against the Peshawar Zalmi.

The second century came playing for the Karachi Kings against his former PSL team, Islamabad United. Sharjeel hit 105 off 59 balls with a strike rate of 177.96. His inning featured nine fours and eight towering sixes. Khan helped his team put 196 on the board, and even though it was a losing cause, it was still a remarkable century.

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Chris Lynn

The explosive right-handed Australian opener scored a brilliant 113 off 55 balls for the Lahore Qalandars against the Multan Sultans in PSL 5 (2020). Lynn exceeded the fans’ expectations by hitting 12 fours and 8 massive sixes. Lynn made it onto the list of PSL centurions as the first batter from the Qalandars to notch a ton in the tournament. Lynn’s century aided Qalandars in reaching the target.

Rylie Rossouw

The South African southpaw for the Multan Sultans in PSL Season 5 (2020) notched up a brilliant 105 against the Quetta Gladiators. Russow scored at a destructive strike rate of 227.27, and the stunning onslaught included 10 fours and 6 sixes. The left-handed batter’s astonishing knock not only helped him get on the list of PSL centurions but was also the fastest century in the history of the tournament with just 43 balls, helping his team post a total of 199 and notch a victory against the Quetta Gladiators.

Kamran Akmal

The veteran Pakistani wicketkeeper has frequented the list of PSL centurions three times, making him the batter with the most PSL hundreds, all of them coming for Peshawar Zalmi. Akmal’s first century came against the formidable Karachi Kings in the PSL 2. He hit a brilliant 104 off 65 balls with 6 fours and 7 sixes for an impressive rate of 175.40. The second century arrived to confront the Lahore Qalandars. He scored 107 off 61 balls with 11 fours and 7 sixes in PSL season 3 (2018).

The last century came against the Quetta Gladiators in season 5 of the league. Kamran hit 13 fours and 4 sixes in his 101 off 55 balls.

Cameron Delport

The protease southpaw produced a stunning 49-ball century against the Lahore Qalandars in PSL season 4 (2019) while repenting against Islamabad United. Delport’s century was worth its weight in gold, with 13 fours and six sixes in 117 run innings. Delport engraved his name on the list of PSL centurions with the second-fastest century of the tournament. 

Colin Ingram

The South African smashed 12 fours and eight sixes on his way to the tournament’s highest individual score of 127 off 59 balls against the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL 4 (2019). Ingram’s individual brilliance helped him etch his name on the list of PSL centurions.

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