South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir praised the standards and organization of the Pakistan Super League, saying he was proud to have taken wickets against batsmen who play spinners well.
Tahir, representing Multan Sultans, took 3-19 to help his team fight hard in the defense of a modest 114-run target against Islamabad United. Tahir jolted Islamabad with wickets ofSahibzada Farhan, Asif Ali and Andre Russell and at one point on a hat-trick which was avoided.
Islamabad rode on a brilliant 48 not out by Hussain Talat to win by five wickets.
Tahir said the league has a good standard and is well organized.
“It is a well-organized league and I am greatly enjoying it,” said Tahir. “I think the standard is good and I am loving it very much. The standard is good and it’s not easy for a spinner to do well here.”
Tahir said Islamabad benefitted from winning the toss in overcast conditions.
“We think every team is the big team and we didn’t think that we had won so it was easy. think they bowled well and the conditions were helpful for them. Pollard was the key wicket,” said Tahir.
Shoaib Malik (35) and Kieron Pollard (28) added 54 for the fifth wicket after Sultans were caught napping at 31-4.
Tahir said he works very hard and respect the game.
“I am proud to have wickets against players who play spin well. I have worked very hard and why I am here is I have to respect. If you respect the game, the game respect you. I don’t take things for granted. They bowled well and a good toss to win for them. I am satisfied is because we fought hard and well.”