From being an average team to getting qualified for the finals, Peshawar Zalmi are coming from twists and turns of their PSL 6 journey. Their chances for getting the playoffs ticket seemed quite dull with Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, and Multan Sultans in the race, however, adhering to improvements in the Abu Dhabi leg gave them a chance to progress ahead with Multan Sultans.
Being the third team on the HBL PSL 6 points table, the Yellow Storm faced Karachi Kings in Eliminator 1. The do-or-die contest ended in Wahab Riaz and co’s favor as Kings now prepare to fly back home. Later, Zalmi were left with another showcase to prove their worth to be in the final. No one could have expected their triumph over Islamabad United in Eliminator 2 as Shadab’s men were coming from an astounding journey on the league stage.
Wahab Riaz and the team have no pressure ahead of the PSL 6 final
Zalmi are now in their fourth finals in six years of PSL history and primarily under Wahab Riaz. The captain’s leadership tactics and individual approach in the season has been successful so far as he is the second-highest wicket-taker of the HBL PSL 6.
He has assembled 18 wickets featuring in 11 matches averaging 20.55 at an SR of 14.3. He may top the chart for the highest wicket-taker of the PSL 6 being in a battle with Multan Sultan’s Shahnawaz Dahani with 20 wickets. More is yet to witness in the grand finale programmed for 24th June at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
It is pertinent to mention here that Zalmi is the only team to be in the playoffs in the six-year-old history of the Pakistan Super League. Thence, Wahab feels no pressure ahead of the showdown versus Rizwan and men.
“You see a smile on my face; there is no pressure on me or on the team. We worked hard in the last 15 days for this day, and to be where we are right now. So all the pressure has been absorbed. It’s time to go out and express ourselves, play good cricket, and enjoy the final.
Malik is not only the player, he is a character:
In a press conference, one of our representations asked ‘how it is to have Shoaib Malik in the team amidst his seniority in the format’. To this, Wahab answered,
Shoaib Malik is not only a player but he is a character. His presence is a blessing for us. Age does not matter. Malik is more active on the field than any of us and his presence in the mid-order is crucial at times to tackles the woes.
Answering his experience in working with Inzamam ul Haq, the Zalmi captain added that it is his first journey to work with the legend.