Karachi Kings left cricket fans, especially fast bowling lovers, licking their lips as they picked Australia’s venomous pacer Mitchell Johnson during PSL Draft 2017 in their first turn of Diamond round. They had already retained Mohammad Amir for the third season of the league.
Everyone is waiting anxiously to see the pace duo of Pakistan’s ace fast bowler Mohammad Amir and Australia’s former spearhead Mitchell Johnson to share the new ball. Undoubtedly, the combination is a nightmare for any batting side as they will be tested with great pace and skills from both ends.
Karachi Kings have probably picked a bowling-heavy side which have Amir, Johnson, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr. Usama Mir and Usman Khan Shinwari.
However, Shinwari suffered a stress fracture in his back during Pakistan’s series against Sri Lanka, which has forced the left-handed pacer out of action for around six months.
On the other hand, Tabish Khan is an exciting prospect for Karachi Kings. The 32-year old is a seasoned fast bowler in the domestic circuit and has been performing consistently for around fifteen years.
He has taken 515 wickets in 113 First-Class matches, which shows his potential. However, his figures in 20-overs format are not as impressive as he has struck 38 times in 36 matches with an economy rate of 7.47.
Karachi Kings have gone for a number of all-rounders, which include both local talent and foreigners. The side is led by Pakistan’s promising all-rounder Imad Wasim, whereas, Shahid Afridi will also showcase his skills with both the bat and the ball.
The experienced Boom Boom is well-known for his destructive nature of batting and effective bowling. While, Imad Wasim was the top-ranked T20i bowler recently, moreover, he is more than handy with the bat.
Other all-rounders include England’s Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, South Africa’s David Wiese and the talented Pakistan’s Hasan Mohsin.
The world is aware of the potential of Bopara, Wright and Wiese. However, Hasan Mohsin is a relatively new name for the cricket fraternity, but he is extremely capable of making his mark on the big stage. It can be a huge opportunity for the 19-year old medium-pace all-rounder.
Leaving supplementary players alone for a moment, the franchise has picked three specialist batsmen, Babar Azam, Khurram Manzoor and Colin Ingram. It means Karachi Kings will have to heavily depend on their all-rounders during the PSL 3.
They will rely on Mohammad Rizwan the wicketkeeper-batsman, Shahid Afridi the batting powerhouse, Ravi Bopara who has batted nicely for the Kings in the past, Luke Wright who has been effective for Quetta Gladiators in the previous seasons, David Wiese who has the ability to hit big and Imad Wasim who can be a threat to any bowling line on his day.
If Karachi Kings is able to activate their supplementary players, their side will have an extremely strong batting line in the likes of New Zealand’s destructive batsman Colin Munro and England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan.
All in all, Karachi Kings have a bowling line that can run riot against any batting line-up, they have got the all-rounders to change the course of the game in the matter of overs and their batting can be destructive if it clicks at the right time.
Complete squad of Karachi Kings:
Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Aamir, Imad Wasim (C), Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Usman Shinwari, Usama Mir, Khurram Manzoor, Colin Ingram, Mitchell Johnson, Luke Wright, David Wiese, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr, Hasan Mohsin, Colin Munro, Eoin Morgan and Saifullah Bangash.