Pakistan always boasts about the supremely talented fast bowlers in the international cricket. The riveting narrative of left-arm bowlers has been exciting and fascinating in the top-flight cricket. The star players from Pakistan has made a respectable appearance in the inaugural edition of the domestic Twenty20 professional IPL.
In that context, bowlers from Pakistan have been considered best among a lot. Such bowlers have thrown a serious challenge for the premium set of batters from time-to-time and IPL has been one.
From Shoaib Akhtar to the left-arm unorthodox Sohail Tanvir Pakistani players had been part of the successful Indian Premier League (IPL), way back in 2008.
Interestingly, known for his remarkable performances with the ball. Tanvir bagged 22 scalps in 11 matches to seal the Purple Cap.
Interestingly, the first edition of the IPL, apart from Azhar Mahmood, saw ten-star cricketers from Pakistan delighting the crowd.
As the bowling stock has been the major weapon for Pakistan in particular. The distinct contests have been equally intriguing in the short-paced tournament.
Apart from Tanvir, Akhtar, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, and Mohammad Asif entertained the crowd during the IPL.
However, following the escalations of tension across the borders, the curtains were drawn for Pakistani cricketers.
The youngsters have become the hot property of T20 cricket and particularly in IPL while riding on enterprising performances.
Unfortunately, even after nine years – the political turmoil has kept the fascinating battles at a bay in the cash-rich IPL as well.
Here’s the list of as many as six bowlers from Pakistan who could claim attract whooping deals in the IPL:
Mohammad Amir –
The left-arm bowling sensation Mohammad Amir seemed to have lost that sheen. But he is that sort of a bowler who can trouble the batsmen while setting them up in no time.
The latest example could be taken from the grand finale of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy when the prominent bowler teased Team India skipper Virat Kohli.
Amir is known for his impeccable line and length. He represented the Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings in the past two editions.
Considering his T20 career, the pace potent in Amir has bagged 111 scalps and an average of 21.21. However, while representing Pakistan in the T20I fold, he claimed 44 wickets at an average of 21.60.
Hasan Ali –
Having the plenty of tricks in his bag including variations, medium pacer Hasan Ali is cherishing the dream run with the ball.
The 24-year-old Ali’s performances explode with the trademark celebration which subsequently grabbed the headlines in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Following the redemption in England, Ali rose to the occasion to deliver in the limited-overs fold.
The right-arm promising bowler Ali could be a major asset for the franchises in the IPL fold. He featured in 14 T20Is in which he bagged 19 scalps at an average of 21.94.
Moreover, while banking on his strength, Ali claimed 70 wickets in 54 T20 outings at the impressive bowling average of 20.41.
Ali further had been a part of PSL outfit reigning champions Peshawar Zalmi before representing St Kitts and Nevis Patriots of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Rumman Raees in –
The promising youngster left-arm bowler Rumman Raees is known for his probing line. He has been impressive for the Islamabad United in first two editions of the PSL.
Raees, who has been improving with every game, throws a challenge to its opponents. He has been excellent in the short-paced tournament.
Having a knack for causing the problems for batsmen, Raees could be an exciting pick in the league like IPL.
The 26-year-old Karachi-based Raees’case was pushed for the selection in the national team after a spectacular performance for Misbah-Ul-Haq-led United.
In 77 T20 matches, Raees claimed 87 wickets at an average of 23.79. He also bagged eight wickets in eight T20Is for Pakistan.
Junaid Khan –
The 28-year-old Junaid Khan, who has an age on his side, was marred by injuries during his career. The prominent left-arm bowler has been the most sought-after bowler in the Pakistan set-up.
Owing to his accuracy and ability to swing the ball, Junaid has been one-of-the-strong contenders in the white-ball cricket.
In 109 T20s, Junaid bagged 134 wickets at an average of 20.93, He appeared in just nine T20Is for Pakistan.
Junaid already represented Peshwar Zalmi in the domestic T20 professional competition PSL.
Usman Khan Shinwari –
The new left-arm sensation from Khyber Agency, Usman Khan Shinwari came into the limelight in the domestic fold.
The 24-year-old Shinwari struggled to cope the body after making his international debut in 2013. He returned to the national fold in 2017.
In 24 T20s, Shinwari claimed 34 wickets at an average of 21.88. He played six T20Is for the Men in Green in which he collected just three wickets.
Ability to swing the ball, Shinwari has been an exciting talent. He has the knack of picking wickets with the new ball.
Shadab Khan –
The teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan has been a revelation for Pakistan after star performance in the Under-19 fold.
The 19-year-old Mianwali-based cricketer Shadab has already represented several Twenty20 leagues across the globe.
Apart from the bowling trait, Shadab has been handy in the field and equally acrobatic on the field.
Of late, the bowling all-rounder presented Big Bash League franchise Brisbane Heat. He had also been the part of Islamabad United and Caribbean Premier League’s (CPL) Trinbago Knight Riders.
In 43 T20s, Shadab bagged 58 scalps at the remarkable average of 17.08. He also featured in 13 T20Is for Pakistan in which he collected 19 wickets at an average of highly impressive 16.15.
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