Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan got his PSL campaign off to a sensational start. The fast bowler bagged only the 2nd hat-trick in the history of the competition. He was playing for the debutants in the league, Multan Sultans against the Lahore Qalandars. The wickets were bagged towards the end of Lahore’s chase. From a score of 132/3, the Qalandars were bowled out for 136 this handing Multan a comprehensive victory by 43 runs.
Mohammad Amir is the only other bowler in the league to bag a PSL hat-trick. He was overjoyed with his performance especially after remaining in the sidelines due to an injury for a long time. Junaid has been pegged with injuries all through his career. It was his sensational piece of bowling which handed Pakistan a series victory in India in 2013. He is blessed with the ability to swing the ball both ways.
His four-wicket haul in the Chennai ODI is still regarded as one the best spells bowled on Indian soil. The delivery to Virat Kohli was simply exceptional. However, after the highs started coming to the lows. He was injured in 201 during the tour of New Zealand and subsequently missed the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.
He made a comeback in the middle of 2015. However, he wasn’t part of the team from the middle of 2015 to the beginning of 2017. He was one of the star performers for Pakistan during their triumphant campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy in England last year. They lifted the cup by defeating arch-rivals India in the final of the tournament.
He was yet again ruled out of the team in December last year due to a stress fracture in his foot. He sustained the injury while playing a Bangladesh Premier League match. An assessment revealed that the stress fracture was not healed sufficiently. He missed the tour of New Zealand which Pakistan lost by a 5-0 margin before making a comeback in the T20I’s to win it 2-1.
However, he is now injury free and running with venom in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.
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