The Pakistan Super League is all set to start on February 4th 2016. On the 21st and the 22nd of December 2015 the inaugural PSL draft was taken place in the National Academy of Pakistan in Lahore to maintain balance among all five squads of the tournament.
In each blog, I will analyse every team of the Pakistan Super league a.k.a PSL. So lets start the discussion about the Karachi Kings.
Karachi Kings is the most expensive team in the PSL, bought by ARY Group for $26 million on a ten year agreement. Captained by Shoib Malik and coached by Mickey Arthur they are the most underrated team of the competition as they are lacking big names. The team had a tricky first day of the draft but really took hold of the crowd and making a balanced team.
Karachi Kings batting line-up looks very solid but they lack some quality big hitters and finishers. Although, they have players like Simmons, Shakib and Mushfiq that can make some quick fire 30s or 40s. Shoib Malik and Nauman Anwar will add stability for the line-up. Karachi have spent most of there budget on players that can keep the scoreboard ticking. Fawad Alam, Ifthikhar and James Vince will manage the middle overs and Alam will add flavour to the line-up as he is a lefty. As said before Karachi lack hard hitters but Sohail Tanveer and Mushfiq-ur-Rahim could add the acceleration in the end.
In conclusion, it will be very interesting which batsmen are assigned what job in the batting Line-up.
Karachi Kings have a mediocre batting line-up but the bowling department is perfect and defensibly the most dangerous line-up in the tournament. Undoubtedly, the bowler that everyone will have there eye on is Mohammed Amir. He will be backed by another left-hander named Sohail Tanveer. These two can break any batting attack on any given day specially Amir and he has shown what he can do in the past. Then there is Sohail Khan and Billawal Bahti who are quick but can get carried away sometimes. Ravi Bopara could also fill in with some overs in the middle.
Coming to the spin department, Karachi Kings is lucky to have three quality spinners in their team. Shakib, Imad and Malik who are all different from each other but are equally dangerous and effective. This spin trio could become the highlight of the tournament.
Malik is extremely lucky to have the services of Shakib and Bopara, who alongside him are handful and possess the capability to turn around game both with bat and ball. These three people could bowl a full quota of four overs and have a capacity to score big too, so Karachi Kings have a strong case as they have good all-rounders.
Players to Watch Out For
Amir unarguably would be the highlight of Karachi Kings, as since his return he has been in the limelight and after a brilliant BPL, all eyes are on him. Shaoib Malik and Shakib are the other two players who could steal the show on any given day. Malik had a great 2015 and he would love to carry the same form in next year.
Nauman Anwar is one guy, who I personally believe is pretty underrated. He has all the shots and is pretty cool under pressure. Soail Tanveer is another guy who could prove vital in the title quest for Karachi Kings; both with ball and bat.
Hope you guys learnt something about the Karachi Kings and here you can see the full squad of the Karachi Kings: http://pslfantasy.com/psl-teams/karachi-kings
Tune in next time for the analysis of Lahore Qalanders.
The Cornered Tiger