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The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is one of the most popular T20 leagues in the world. PSL has not only provided a platform for local players to showcase their talents but also for foreign cricketers. Many foreign players have taken part in the league and have seen a significant boost in their careers as a result. In this article, we will highlight five foreign cricketers who have gone from unknown to unstoppable thanks to the PSL.
1. Rilee Rossouw
Rilee Rossouw, the South African batsman, has seen a significant boost in his career thanks to the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Rossouw first made a name for himself in the PSL with his explosive batting and impressive performances, which caught the attention of international teams.
The PSL has provided Rossouw with the exposure and opportunities he needed to take his career to the next level, making him one of the most successful foreign cricketers in the league.
His best performance came against Quetta Gladiators while representing Multan Sultan in 2020 where he made a century in just 43 balls. Moreover, he scored more than 1400 runs and is one of the top batters in PSL.
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2. David Malan
David Malan, the England batsman, was an unknown player before his entry into the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, after participating in the league, his career has undergone a dramatic transformation. The PSL provided him with the platform to showcase his skills and talent to a global audience. Malan’s impressive performance in the PSL helped him to secure a spot in the England national team, where he has become a vital member.
He scored more than 500 runs in 21 matches and also became the world’s No one batter in the ICC men’s T20 batter rankings with the best of 915 points which is the highest rating for any batter in the world till now.
3. Tim David
Tim David, a young and talented cricketer from Singapore(now shifted to Australia), made his debut in PSL as a foreign cricketer in the 6th edition and immediately caught the attention of everyone with his brilliant performances. Tim’s hard-hitting skills, fearless and quick-fire innings made him an instant hit among cricket fans and quickly became one of the most sought-after players in the league.
In 17 matches, the hard-hitting batter scored 458 runs with a tremendous strike rate of 182.47 and smashed 33 sixes. His performances in PSL helped him gain recognition and opened doors for him in other T20 leagues around the world and for Australia. He was soon signed by teams in the Caribbean Premier League and the Indian Premier League and later on he was also picked for the Australia T20 team and also played T20 World Cup 2022.
4. Harry Brook
Harry Brook, a young and talented cricketer, is known for his hard-hitting skills in the domestic circuit in England. However, his career took a dramatic turn when he was signed by Lahore Qalandars as a foreign cricketer in the 7th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). PSL provided Brook with an opportunity to showcase his talent to a global audience.
Brook’s consistent performances in the PSL helped his franchise to lift the maiden PSL title for Lahore Qalandars. In 10 matches, he scored 264 runs with an outstanding average of 54.80 and a tremendous strike rate of 171.42 with a high score of 102. Now Harry is becoming an integral part of England’s setup, especially in red-ball cricket due to his fearless approach.
5. David Wiese
David Wiese, a former South African all-rounder(now shift to Namibia), had a successful career in domestic cricket, but his career took a major turn after his inclusion in the Pakistan Super League. PSL gave him the opportunity to showcase his talent on a global platform. Wiese’s performance for the Lahore Qalandars was outstanding, and he soon became one of the most sought-after all-rounders in T20 cricket, later he also represented Namibia in white ball cricket.
The exposure he gained in PSL as a foreign cricketer helped him establish himself as a reliable all-rounder, becoming one of the most valuable players in T20 cricket. He played 36 matches and scored 484 with a brilliant strike rate of 169.23. He also picked up 28 wickets and won many matches for Qalander due to his all-around abilities.