On Thursday, Former skipper Ramiz Raja said that the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) had provided the country with some exciting and breakout batting talent.
Ramiz said on his YouTube channel ‘Ramiz Speaks,’ “For the past several years we were eager to see whether [like bowling] the PSL would provide the country talent in batting or not. Finally, after four years of hard effort, we’ve found young, exciting batting talent”.
Ramiz also said, “I think they are breakout players, who can serve Pakistan very well in the future provided work is done on them and they are taken care of.”
He said PSL five remained incomplete due to coronavirus outbreak, but it was promising as it was full of batting and bowling thrill. In the tournament, he said that there were four to five young batsmen who displayed their talent.
He said these players played outstandingly in the event and could become world-class articles if proper attention paid on them.
- Haider Ali (Peshawar Zalmi)
- Zeeshan Ashraf (Multan Sultans)
- Azam Khan (Quetta Gladiators)
- Khusdil Shah (Multan Sultans)
“Haider Ali’s numbers in PSL from strike rate are outstanding. But his average is 29, which is not enough for a frontline batsman,” he said.
“His ideal position to bat is number three as he can play big shots. He does not need to do improvisation as he has quality hits and his power base is so strong that he can even be successful and keeps on doing normal batting,” he more added.
Ramiz said about Zeeshan Ashraf, whose take off in PSL was stunning. “He plays openly and freely but skillfully and gives you a left-handed opening option.”
Ramiz shares his feelings about Azam Khan, the son of former captain Moeen Khan (Gladiator’s head coach), “My next pick is Azam Khan, who has immense batting talent. He has to reduce his weight and improve his fitness. But what is impressive about him is his calm demeanor, confidence, and the ability to read the situation and then apply himself. He is also not scared of the reputation of a bowler.”
He said being the son of Moeen Khan, Azam had an added pressure, which he successfully handled through his performance. “At no point, extra pressure was evident on his face. He backed himself and played some superb innings in the middle order.”
He said Khushdil played some entertaining innings, particularly the one against Lahore Qalandars.
“I feel Pakistan has found a match-winner at the position of number six or seven. Being a left-hander, he gives you an advantage as the opposition will have to work hard to bowl such a batsman in the late middle order.” He said about Khush dil.