We are up for the qualifiers fellas. This begins with Karachi Kings up against Multan Sultans, the table toppers.
Karachi in all the seasons have never failed to reach the 2nd rounds, on the other hand they also haven’t ever been able to win the trophy or play finals. Now they are up for the finals, losing this match leads them to another chance too. They are going to give their everything for the trophy.
Babar Azam, the number 2 T20I batsman and the batsman who holds the record for being the number 1 batsman for the longest period ever is going to be the biggest threat for the opponent and biggest hope for Karachi. The modern cricket sensation is going to open the inning for them and his individual brilliance can lead them to success of the other batsmen too. Babar Azam is the top scorer of this season, but still however, he wasn’t at his peak. He has 3 fifties in this tournament, all in winning cause. He has 349 runs with 3 fifties and the average of 49.29. The star batsman has been criticized for his strike rate time after time throughout his whole career. His strike rate this season has been 123. Babar Azam’s international T20 career in the past 1 year has been phenomenal. He scored 2 fifties in 3 matches against Australia and 2 fifties in 3 matches against England too. The recent series against Zimbabwe was a great one for him and he played quick in both of the innings. It’s safe enough to say that Babar has brought a lot of improvement in playing quick in this format, being able to score outside powerplay too. The only thing in which he hasn’t impressed us remains his acceleration in the end. With all the improvement recognized in Babar Azam’s cricket, it’s fair to hope from him something big in these important contests. The whole Karachi staff and it’s supporters will be expecting him to do big for them, we will see how it goes.
Babar Azam is the 2nd highest PSL scorer ever, sitting behind Kamran Akmal only. He played 2 seasons in the English league, Vitality Blast T20 and he was the top scorer in the 1st tournament. The star player also represented Guyana Amazon in the Caribbean Premier League back in 2017 but couldn’t be much impressive there.
Babar Azam with 5 appearances in PSL, 2 appearances in T20 Blast and 1 appearance in the CPL, has been impressive enough, but has never managed to pick both teams towards the trophy and has never played a final match. But now the stage is all set, T20 is the game which can be changed by individual brilliance too. A lot of times Babar has been criticized for not being able to win matches single handedly like other world class batsmen and not being a finisher. This remains the point to criticize and he can own this by winning them the game in the all important contest. In case Karachi loses today, he will get to have another go for the race towards the finals. The stage is all set for the modern cricket sensation.
Babar Azam’s most of the career in T20Is has been less of hard hitting and more of innings building, at starting times, he only had to play with the building role because he didn’t have the capabilities of playing quickly. But as mentioned above, he worked on that and now everyone can expect him to play quick knocks. It started back in January 2019 against South Africa when he starting bringing improvement to his quick play in this format. He played that series with the scores of 38 (27), 90 (58), 23 (11). He scored 151 runs in 3 innings, strike rate of 157. After that he was able to play quickly in the Vitality Blast 2019, against England back in May 2019, against Australia back in November 2019, against Bangladesh in January 2020 and against Zimbabwe recently. So these are the clear signs why Babar has to take the responsibility of the team on his shoulders. Babar can now build the inning, as well as anchor the inning. In case they get a low target, he can simply build the inning, in case they get a big target, he has all the time in the world to take the advantage of the powerplay and then crack the boundaries considering his improvement outside powerplay recently. In case they bat 1st, he can build up if he doesn’t get support on the other hand and can be quick too if required. With all these abilities and conditions, Babar Azam has the responsibility of picking the batting line up and is expected to perform big. He has got explosive batsmen with him like Sharjeel and the newly signed Rutherford, if they succeed, it will provide Babar the freedom of his natural game and in case Babar saves the wicket from the other hand, it can provide the ease and comfort to the other players to play their natural game too. This makes Karachi one if the favorites for the tournament. All the results and the answers will be infront of us after the game.
The stage is set, the fans are excited, the players are pumped and we are right here sitting in front of our televisions already to witness the game. The action begins at 3PM PST.