Pakistan Super League is the biggest event of the year in Pakistan’s domestic circuit and it’s time that we welcome the next season of the league – PSL 2020. There’s a lot of buzz around the tournament every year and it’s undeniably become the most loved and watched cricketing event across the country which has immense following abroad as well. A lot of players, both domestic and foreign players, participate in the PSL draft every year and the PSL 2020 draft won’t be any different. However, all eyes will be on the most dangerous players of the tournament who can win it single-handedly for their side on their day.
10 Most Dangerous Players of PSL 2020
So, if you are interested in finding out the names and stats of some of the cricketing best that will be a part of PSL 2020, here we have list of them. Let’s run you through it and see if your favorite cricketers have made it to our top 10 or not.
- Babar Azam
Babar Azam has left the competition far behind and has emerged as the rising star of Pakistan cricket in past year or so. His performances have been glittering on the face of cricketing world throughout this period and nobody can deny his class prospects.
The 25-years old right-hander has scored 505 runs in his last 10 T20 matches played during last one year and he is averaging at a whopping 56.11. He has, literally, become a run machine for Pakistan cricket and has scored lately in all parts of the world. When the PSL auction 2020 will happen, he’s definitely going to bag a hefty amount for sure.
- AB De Villiers
The flamboyant AB De Villiers is one of the greats of his time and he can turn any game on its head single handedly. You won’t agree more to the fact that his class and exuberance is unparalleled and he can be an X-factor for his side in the tournament. He featured in PSL 2019 for the first time in the history of the tournament and will be expectedly continuing his run in the upcoming event too.
The South African right-hander scored 218 runs in just 7 games he played for Lahore Qalandars last year and maintained an average of 54.50. We know he is a class act and he can single-handedly change the complexion of the game. So, would you bet on him this time?
- Chris Gayle
The Caribbean sensation Chris Gayle surprisingly wasn’t picked by any franchise after first couple of seasons of the Pakistan Super League. However, he has been in great knick lately and would be expected to make his mark on the PSL scene once again. His recent performance against Jamaica Tallawahs in CPL 2019 is a true reflection of the form he is experiencing right now.
The left hander scored 116 off only 62 balls to mark the second-highest run chase in the history of T20 cricket. So, can this performance bring him in the spotlight ahead of the PSL 2020 draft? Is any franchise going to pick him for the upcoming season? And, more importantly, will he be able to convert his form into such great performances consistently in PSL where the bowling standards are way higher than in CPL? Let’s wait and watch!
- Dale Steyn
Even though the South African star hasn’t yet played in any of the PSL seasons so far, he’s excited to become a part of the star-studded super league. The Protease pacer has already shown his intent that he will be available for the next PSL draft and will be ready to play in Pakistan should any of the 6 franchises picks him for the super league.
We all know that he needs no introduction and his presence at the PSL 5 will definitely give some competition to the batsmen who seem to run away with superb performances every time. But his inclusion in the tournament is still subject to his selection during the PSL 2020 auction and we don’t know what the think-tanks are planning right now. Let’s hope we get to see some magic from the South African star this time.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
The youngster appeared first on the PSL scene in 2018 debuting for Lahore Qalandars and has since made great progress to challenge the biggest players in the world. He had been impressive in both the PSL seasons he played for Qalandars and was eventually picked for the Pakistan national side. His best, however, came in the latter half of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
After being wayward and all over the place in the first few matches of the World Cup, he came back strongly and piled up wickets for his side against the toughest of oppositions. He picked 16 wickets in just 5 games in the mega event with a career-best performance of 6 for 35 in the last game against Bangladesh. He was, literally, unplayable and will be among the most dangerous bowlers at the PSL 2020 without a doubt.
- Steve Smith
What a comeback Australian middle-order star made in the Ashes with his scores reading 80, 82, 92, 142, 144, and 211. Such consistency is amazing. But that was Test cricket; can he carry that form to the shortest format of the game? Yes, he very well can! The right-hander has been the most technically sound player we have seen in the recent times and he is likely to continue unfolding his talent in that fashion moving forward as well.
He was also picked in the PSL draft 2019 by Multan Sultans but didn’t make an appearance as he was ruled out of the tournament due to an elbow injury. But now, everything seems finely set up for the Australian lad to go out there and stamp his authority on the world’s best bowlers in one of the world’s biggest cricketing events. Let’s see what he comes up with.
- Eoin Morgan
The World Cup winning English captain, Eoin Morgan, is expected to appear in the Pakistan Super League for the third time in the history of the tournament. He first played PSL 2017 for Peshawar Zalmi scoring 136 runs in 6 games and then he captained Karachi Kings for just 3 games in the PSL 2018 where he scored only 28 runs in the middle order. He wasn’t picked in the following season by any franchise due to his reluctance to visit Pakistan for the second leg of the tournament. However, things have been better ever since and we expect that he would be ready to play the entire tournament in the upcoming PSL 2020 scheduled in Pakistan completely.
As for his current form, he did some magic in the middle order for England in the World Cup and would be expected to come up with the same sort of stuff in the PSL. Let’s wait and watch what he comes up with.
- Luke Ronchi
The Kiwi master blaster has been among the top run scorers for last couple of seasons of Pakistan Super League. He topped the table with 435 runs from just 11 matches for Islamabad United in PSL 2018 and will be expected to give us the same flavor of his flamboyance and class. The right-hander really is a nightmare for the bowlers when he comes into his own. In PSL 2019, he scored 319 runs from 12 games with a strike rate of 155.60. So, he has shown some consistency at the top and can be expected to continue in the same fashion.
Will he be able to carry on with that same momentum and make a difference in HBL PSL 5 too? It’s yet to be seen and we can only wait and watch.
- Kamran Akmal
The right-handed wicket-keeper batsman opens for Peshawar Zalmi and has been their consistent pick throughout. He has also been among the top run scorers for the last couple of seasons. Both in PSL 3 and PSL 4, Akmal sealed the second spot on the ‘Highest Run Scorers’ list scoring 425 in 13 games and 357 in 13 games respectively. So, can we expect another high scoring tournament for Zalmi’s wicket-keeper batsman?
Akmal has been knocking at the doors of PCB for his inclusion in the national side with some strong batting performances in the domestic circuit let alone PSL. He has been a class act and we can surely expect some superb knocks for him in 2020 PSL 5 as well. Let’s see how he converts this time around.
- Wahab Riaz
The left-arm pacer has recently taken a leave from the longest format. So, that means he will be focusing more on the limited-overs format and we already know how good he was with the white ball in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He has been the lead pacer for Peshawar Zalmi since the beginning of the PSL era and will stay with the team for the upcoming season as well. His stats have a lot to talk on his behalf as far as ODI and T20I cricket is concerned.
During last season of the Pakistan Super League, Wahab had finished on the third spot among the leading wicket takers with 17 scalps to his credit in 13 games. However, we expect him to up his game moving forward, and as he will now be focusing on the shorter formats only, there is certainly something much better coming up for the cricket fans. Be it his outrageous bouncers or the deadly yorkers, he will definitely be asking a few questions from the batsmen.
So, these are the top 10 most dangerous players of PSL 2020. Did you find your favorite stars in there? What do you make of these players and what are your expectations from them in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League? Do share with us in comments!