PSL 2018: Top five moments to remember!
Pakistan Super League’s third edition may have ended but the event will be remembered for many things – most notably for the return of Cricket to Karachi as well as Islamabad United’s second victory in 3 attempts.
However, there were a few moments that will remain etched in a Cricket fan’s mind no matter how many leagues happen around the world.
Let’s take a look at the Top 5 memorable moments of PSL 3 and hope that the upcoming editions help it become the best Cricket League of all!
Lala Shows How It Is Done!
Fans of Shahid Afridi rate him as the ultimate all-rounder and the 38-year-old made them proud by taking the most sensational catch of the tournament. In order to dismiss Umar Amin of Quetta Gladiators, Afridi shamed the newcomers by catching the ball one-handed a few steps before the boundary, then threw the ball up as he crossed the boundary and regained his composure to capture the ball and complete the catch.
What followed next was the traditional Afridi celebration that established his presence in Karachi Kings in everyone’s mind.
Coach Jones Turns Style Icon
When he played the game, Australian Cricketer Dean Jones was known for his stylish batting; when he turned Head Coach for Islamabad United, he chose to wear the attire of a Football Manager and stand out as different from the rest. Dressed in a suit and tie, Coach Jones told all that he meant business without having to say anything to anyone.
Injured Sammy Takes Zalmi Home
Defending Champions Peshawar Zalmi were hit by injuries midway through the event however their skipper Darren Sammy braved everything to take his side through against Quetta Gladiators in one of the most intense matches of the season. He limped to his side’s aid and scored 16 runs off just 4 deliveries to guarantee that his team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Luke Ronchi – Islamabad’s Key to Trophy
You may be surprised to know that Luke Ronchi has represented Australia and New Zealand in international cricket however the Pakistanis love him for showing them his brutal side in the third PSL edition. Not only did he end the event as the highest run-getter (435 runs) but the way he cleanly hit the ball reminded you of Viv Richards, Sanath Jayasuriya and other master blasters of the past.
Anwar Ali’s ‘missed it by that much’!
He may be out of the team but all-rounder Anwar Ali pushed for the selector’s attention in what turned out to be the best match of the season. Needing 25 runs to win the match against Peshawar Zalmi, Anwar Ali nearly saw his side through, scoring as many as 23 runs and taking his side within 1 run of victory.
His team was eliminated after the loss but Anwar Ali’s flurry of sixes made him a contender for the position left vacant with the retirement of Abdur Razzaq.