Hussain Talat, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Asif Ali were prominent names who recieved recognition in PSL 2018
The third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) came to a grand closure on Sunday in a historic final at the National Stadium of Karachi. Islamabad United managed to win their second title against Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets in the final played at National Cricket Stadium, Karachi.
Here we look at the top five emerging players of the PSL3 who took the tournament by storm and won the hearts of the millions watching the event.
First in the list features Islamabad United’s Hussain Talat, who made his way to the national team by showing great maturity while batting and more than useful medium pace bowling. Talat showed glimpses of a real world class talent by scoring 201 runs at an impressive average of 33.50, and also claimed four wickets.
Second in the list features Peshawar Zalmi’s 20-year-old leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh. The Hyderabad-born leggie had an outstanding beginning to his PSL career, where he bamboozled the eventual winners Islamabad United by claiming three wickets. However, surprisingly, Zalmi team management kept him on the sidelines for the remainder of the tournament and opted for pacer Sameen Gul.
Third in the list features Islamabad United’s middle-order batsman Asif Ali, who cemented his place in the Pakistan squad with clean hitting down lower down the order. The 26-year-old scored 213 runs at an average of 30.42, but more interestingly his strike-rate of 169.04 was the real difference for his team, where he smashed 16 sixes, second most from any United batsman behind Luke Ronchi (24).
Fourth in the list features Quetta Gladiators’ all-rounder Hassan Khan. The 19-year-old, who recently captained Pakistan at U19 World Cup and took the team to the semi-finals of the mega-event, showed great game awareness, both with bat and ball in hand. Khan finished the tournament six wickets and scored 42 runs, but his most impressive aspect was the economy-rate of 6.67, which gave control to captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the middle of the innings.
Last in the list features Lahore Qalandars’ batsman Agha Salman. The 24-year-old missed his team’s first two matches, but then managed to cement a place in the playing eleven with some crucial knocks. Even though Salman scored just 166 runs at an average of 20.75, his ability to read the game and play the big shot when its needed the most was something that made him standout from the rest of the squad.