Karachi Kings’ star batsman, Colin Ingram said he was disappointed to miss out on the chance to play at the home ground, National Stadium Karachi in PSL 2018.
Karachi Kings faced Peshawar Zalmi in the playoffs at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore but lost the game on the D/L method which stopped them from playing final in Karachi.
“It was one of the things I was quite disappointed about, last year we could not get Kings as a team to Karachi,” said Colin Ingram. “So massively looking forward to that, it is really important for us to pitch up in our home city and make our fans proud.”
The South African left-handed flamboyant batsman has all praise for Karachi Kings. He hailed how organized the team is and their ethics. He believes the strength of the side is their pool of local players.
“We played really nicely, the strength of our squad is a really strong local base, there are some superstars who have been doing really nice in Pakistan side, it is great to join them again,” he said.
Talking about the standard of the league, Ingram was stunned by the quality of bowling in the Pakistan Super League and he believes it is quite challenging for batsmen.
“The thing that struck me was the strength of the bowling attacks,” he said. “Not saying that there are weak attacks out there, but coming to the PSL, every attack has really strong seamers, mixed them with a couple of wily spinners and few of the young guys coming through like Shadab [Khan].”
The 33-year old batsman is hoping that with the new faces that have joined the squad alongside the core players, Kings will go all the way to rule the fourth edition of the league.
Ingram talked about the time when he had to decide whether he will travel with Karachi Kings to play the games scheduled in Lahore and Karachi during PSL 3.
“It was not a tough decision for me, being a part of a tournament, you realize the bigger goals, obviously getting cricket back into Pakistan [was one of them],” he said. “Having young guys watching the game, coming down to the local ground and watching their heroes is very important.”
He mentioned that he was grown up in South Africa, where they had their own share of challenges so he could relate the effects of these problems on the community.
Moreover, he was surprised to see the overwhelming response he and other foreign players got from the local cricket fans. He was awestruck with the humbleness of people towards them.
“Even the day before we arrived, the hype, the size of the banners of players in the streets and you realize how hungry the Pakistani community is for cricket,” he said. “At the ground, it was an absolute festival.”
“It was a sort of rain-affected game, they took extreme measures, they brought the helicopter to dry the field and then the crowd stuck around, unfortunately, we could not win that game, but it was a great game to be a part of,” he recalled.