Karachi Kings did not come up to the expectations in the previous edition of PSL. Their performance was unsatisfactory since they won just two matches. They have included some new faces in Karachi Kings team. Shoaib Malik has stepped down as captain giving Kumar Sangakkara the opportunity to lead the side. This time Karachi Kings team looks comparatively strong. Here is an overall analysis of the side.
Mighty Batting Line-up
Chris Gayle will open for the Kings. Probably the most destructive batsman of T20, Gayle will be looking to knock down opposition right from the beginning. This big gun has 18 T20 centuries and 60 fifties under his name. Then there is Sangakkara and Jayawerdene. This pair have put on some massive partnerships. They have loads of experience and will surely give a tough time to the opposition. Much as Shoaib Malik, who is an experienced T20 player and icon player for Karachi Kings. Team depends heavily on him. Kieron Pollard is another big-hitter in this side who can ruin the opposite bowling attack within no time.
Ravi Bopara is a key player for Karachi Kings. Since he was the man of the tournament in PSL 2016. He took 11 wickets along with having six 30+ scores. He will be a player to look for. In addition to him, young Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim will play a crucial role as an all rounder. He is a successful bowler for Pakistan Cricket Team. He is good with bowling with new ball and has picked up many wickets. Furthermore, he is a dynamic batsman having ability to score some decisive runs. South African all rounder Ryan McLaren will play for Karachi Kings team. He is quick and bats well in the lower order.
Moreover, there is Shoaib Malik with his off-spin. He can pick up some key wickets as well. Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle can also grant this side with good bowling options.
They have Muhammad Amir, Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali as there pace attack. They play regularly for the Pakistan Cricket Team. Hence having the ability to provide Karachi with a good attacking options. There all-rounders will play a vital role in there bowling attack.
Players to watch-out:
Babar Azam is the new addition in the team. He has a solid technique and with his performance for the International side, he has proved that he has what it takes to be a great batsman. Shahzaib Khan and Khurram Manzoor can also wreck the opposition through their aggressive nature. Usama Mir, Saifullah Bangash and Kashif Bhatti are desperate to prove themselves in a professional arena.
Karachi Kings team looks stronger than it was in PSL 2016. It seems like this time they will come upto the expectations of their fans by some quality cricket display.