The HBL PSL was the centre stage to showcase the Pakistani talent and with another season to follow it will really bring the young talent on the spot to perform. 3 weeks of intense, thrilling T20 cricket proved to be the jump start Pakistan Cricket needed to improve its international as well as its domestic game.
In the final Islamabad United beat Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets to take the title.
However the true winner is Pakistan cricket and the Pakistan Super League. It has been a much needed injection of positivity, a step towards bringing International cricket back to Pakistan.
Lets look at the stats of the tournament:
Batsmen with most runs:
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 335 (Ave 83.7)
Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings) 329 (Ave 54.8)
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 299 (Ave 29.5)
Highest individual scores:
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 117
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 93
Luke Wright (Quetta Gladiators) 86*
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 19
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 17
Highest Team score:
Quetta Gladiators 203/8
Lahore Qalandars 201/2
Lahore Qalandars 194/3
Most aggregate wickets:
A.D. Russell (Islamabad United) 16
Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi) 15
Mohammad Nawaz (Quetta Gladiators) 13
Best Bowling Figures:
Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings) 6/16
Shahid Afridi (Peshawar Zalmi) 5/7
Mohammad Sami (Islamabad United) 5/8
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 7
Best Fielder and Batsmen:
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars)
Andre Russell (Islamabad United)
So action packed tournament and hoping to see more in the future.
The Cornered Tiger