Islamabad United came out to be the strongest team in Pakistan Super League 2016. Since they won the trophy, knocking out every other team of the league. Several factors contribute to their glorious victory. Such as great bowling attack, impressive performances by youngsters and quality display of cricket by foreign players. Furthermore, Misbah ul Haq’s captaincy stole the show for Islamabad United. Hence, this team has retained most of its players. Islamabad United team includes many gems. Here is an overall team analysis.
Competent Batting Line-up
With a destructive batsman like Sharjeel Khan opening for the Islamabad United team,
opposing team is already under a lot of pressure. This young gun scored the first ever century of PSL with a strike rate of over 188. Playing beside him is Khalid Latif. He is an experienced player having decent batting average. The back bone of the team Misbah bats in the middle order. He is capable of batting sensibly as well as hitting the ball out of the park.
Islambad United team’s foreign players include all-rounder Shane Watson who is also known as the Thor of cricket. His presence strengthen’s the team. He also captained the side in the absence of Misbah ul Haq. Dwayne Smith is also a key player for Islamabad United team. He is aggressive and attacking. Furthermore, he led his side to victory single handedly in PSL 2016 final.
Brad Haddin is another experienced name in Islamabad side. He is a quality wicket keeper and a good batsman. Sam Billings and Ben-Duckett are youngsters to look out for. They are talented hence they have the ability to turn the match in team’s favor. Lastly Andre Russel is there to demolish the opposition with his aggressive batting style and big-hitting ability.
World Class All-Rounders
Two of the most matchless all-rounders Shane Watson and Andre Russel are the part of the Islamabad United team. Shane Watson bats at the top and has all the skills to lead his side to victory all by himself. Moreover, he is capable of picking crucial wickets and very skilled to bowl in death overs. Top all-rounder Andre Russel adds most value to Islamabad United team. He was the leading wicket taker of PSL 2016. Furthermore, he is a part of every team that has won a professional T20 competition. Therefore, he is very important player for this side. Yet his presence depends upon his fitness.
Imran Khalid and Ruman Raees will also contribute to the team as a batsman as well as through their bowling. They have the ability to leave an impact through their talent.
Fierce Bowling Line-Up
In the presence of Muhammad Sami and Muhammad Irfan they have a powerful pace attack. Muhammad Sami is great at bowling in the end overs. He even picked up first fifer of PSL. He has all the experience in the world to get batsmen into trouble. In addition, Muhammad Irfan is extra ordinary hence capable of picking up wickets at the top.
Samuel Badree is considered as the number 1 bowler of T20 cricket. He is all set to trick the batsman through his deceptive deliveries. Much as the magician Saeed Ajmal. Who is good as new even with his new bowling action. He was the top wicket takers in National T20 Cup 2016.
Players to Watch-Out:
They have Shahdaab Khan, Ruman Raees, Zohaib Khan and Asif Ali in their roster. In emerging category they picked Amad Butt and Hussain Talat.
All of them are talented and ready to leave their mark in PSL 2017.
We all know what Andre Russel and Shane Watson are capable of. Then there are veterans like Misbah and Muhammad Sami who can Islamabad United team to victory on their own.
Thus Islamabad team has all the experience to win the title again.