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PSL 2023: Young Talent Taking the Stage by Storm

For years now, the Pakistan Super League has captured the imagination of Pakistani cricket fans and fans worldwide. The opening season was a success, and it’s only gotten better since. One of the biggest upsides of the PSL is that it gives the most talented youngsters across the country a stage to showcase their abilities.

In this article, we will look at some of the most talented emerging players from this edition of the PSL.    

Emerging Bowlers 

  • Mubasir Khan is an emerging all-rounder. He has been with Islamabad United for two years and has performed well on both sides of the game in spots. He has been slightly inconsistent, but the upside is there for everyone to see.
  • Sufiyan Muqeem has been one of the few bright spots in a Peshawar Zalmi bowling attack that has been woeful and has cost them multiple matches. Sufiyan has picked up 4 wickets this edition and has been a very economical bowler, which is uncommon for emerging talents.
  • Zaman Khan was one of the standout emerging players last year, and this season has been no different. He’s resurrected his place as a death-over specialist and has helped Lahore defend chasable totals in close matches multiple times this season. Moreover, he’s been called to the Pakistani National Team against Afghanistan in March. 
  • Abbas Afridi leads the league in wickets and has been a revelation for Multan Sultans. He recently took a hat trick against the Quetta Gladiators and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
  • Speaking of dominant Multan Sultan bowlers, Ihsanullah has also emerged as an exciting talent, with the second most wickets in the league behind his teammate Abbas Afridi. What’s more, he consistently bowls over 145 Km/h, meaning he’s a threat even when he’s not attacking the wicket.  

Batsmen

  • Saim Ayub is a left-handed youngster that plays with the class of a veteran batsman. He has become known for his no-look sixes, a shot that is easy on the eyes of everyone except the bowler. He is an explosive batsman and has been Peshawar Zalmi’s best player by a wide margin this season. 
  • Mirza Tahir Baig is part of the Lahore Qalandars player development program and hasn’t played long innings. However, his cameos as an opener have been productive, and he boasts a 140+ strike rate. He is one half of a very steady opening partnership and has settled into the starting lineup in his first year. 
  • Usman Khan is one part of three headed centurion monsters of Multan Sultans. After not being given a chance during his time with the Quetta Gladiators, he has proven that he has what it takes to perform at the highest level, shattering the fastest century record in the PSL off just 36 deliveries is one of the best-emerging batsmen in all of Pakistan. 
  • Hassan Nawaz first came into the spotlight when he excelled in the Kashmir Premier League. He was drafted by Islamabad United and is a stylish opener. While he hasn’t been consistent, his talent is undeniable, and all signs indicate him becoming an excellent batsman.   

The emergence of such talented players in the PSL proves that Pakistan has a ridiculous amount of hidden talent and that, given the right circumstances, these youngsters can be shaped into effective and even world-class cricketers.

The success of the PSL has already bolstered the Pakistani National Team, and it will only provide more stars in the future. 

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