5 PSL bowlers who can make IPL batsmen struggle on UAE pitches
The below-mentioned bowlers are well acclimatised with the conditions in the UAE.
Updated - Sep 26, 2020 1:51 pm
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has picked up considerable steam, and it seems the biggest T20 wagon is heading in the right direction. Most of the teams have started the season on a pleasant note and have also dusted off their skills. Till now, the bat has dominated the ball, and it is clear from the big totals.
Interestingly, some batsmen have already lit up the tournament as if they have not been affected by the COVID-19 break. So now, the fans can expect more fireworks in the coming weeks. Unlike most of the seasons, this time, the league is being played in the UAE, which is normally the kingdom of PSL.
Almost four PSL seasons have been played out in the Middle-East. And several cricketers, including the Pakistan players, have made it a successful league with their exceptional T20 performances. In particular, there are a few bowlers, who have ruled the roost in PSL, and can also make life difficult for the batsmen if they plied their trade in IPL 2020. These bowlers are well acclimatised with the conditions in the UAE.
Here is the list of 5 PSL bowlers who can make IPL batsmen struggle on UAE pitches :
1) Shaheen Afridi
Toe-crushing yorkers, mean bouncers, and the ability to move the ball sideways are the skills that make a complete fast-bowler. For most of them, it might take years to master all of these skills, but not if you are Shaheen Afridi. The 20-year-old Pakistan pacer bowls all of them without even breaking a sweat. He may be a new kid on the block but might end up as one of the country’s best in the coming times.
Afridi came to the fore after his impressive outings in the 2018 U19 World Cup. In that competition, he scaled 12 wickets in just five games, including a six-fer. He didn’t stop there as in the following 2018 PSL, he turned more heads with his bowling prowess. He picked up seven wickets in as many games, being part of the Lahore Qalandars. It also consisted of a magical five-wicket haul against Multan Sultans.
Then, in the 2019 PSL, he accounted for 10 wickets in eight games. It only got better in the 2020 edition with 13 wickets as Shaheen powered the Qalandars to the playoffs, which is yet to be played. In all, he could have been an absolute threat if he would have played this IPL which is held in UAE. His best of 5/4 in PSL came at the Dubai International Stadium. He could have troubled all the IPL batsmen with his pace and left-arm angle, a weakness for most Indian batsmen.