Who will be the PSL 2020 Leading Run scorer? Yes, that’s one of the major questions in the mind of many cricket fanatics and the statisticians who have unprecedented interest in the game of cricket and the Pakistan Super League. As we step closer to the PSL 5, we know how high the stakes are going to be and how much efforts the PSL franchises will be putting in to pick up the best batsmen for their stint in the 2020 PSL 5.
Batting has always been an area of concern for Pakistan, be it their national side or any domestic team, and now it reflects clearly in the most prestigious cricketing event in Pakistan’s domestic circuit too. Even though last year’s PSL saw high scoring games, most of the local lads were under-shadowed by the exhilarating performances by the international big guns. Still we have some good prospects for the upcoming season and some local players will be expected to rise up to the occasion.
PSL 2020 Leading Run Scorer (Probable Picks)
With PSL 2020 drawing near, we already have debates going on in the cricketing circles as to who is going to impress with the bat this time around in PSL 5. Is it going to be an overseas player once more or some local guy is going to steal the honors this time around. Here we have listed top 10 picks for PSL 2020 leading run scorer and the criteria for selection was their recent performances and their achievements in the PSL 4. Let’s run you through this list.
- Babar Azam
The stylish, the classy, Babar Azam has managed to pick the top spot on our list. He is also the most dangerous player of PSL 5 and is likely to score heavily in the upcoming season. The 24-year old scored 335 runs in 11 matches he played in the PSL 4 at an average of 30.45 which is quite impressive in T20 cricket. He ranked 6th on the PSL 4 leading run scorers list but his graph has gone up ever since. In fact, he has been the best batsman for Pakistan in the last couple of years by huge margin. His performances in all the formats of the game are worth considering and his current run of form is definitely going to take him on top of the list as PSL 5 approaches for sure.
The most impressive innings he played recently came against New Zealand in the World Cup game where he scored an unbeaten hundred on a difficult wicket. In fact, it was his best that came out in the most intense situation he might have ever faced in the international cricket. That’s all about his class and we expect him to carry on further in exactly the same fashion and impress on the big stage in PSL 2020 too.
- Shane Watson
Who can forget Shane Watson when it comes to leading run scorers in PSL? He rocked the stage in last season of PSL too and scored 430 runs in 12 games with the highest of an unbeaten 91. Is he going to replicate that same stuff yet again? Yes, we can expect that from the player of his class and stature. But how well things are going to cope up for him is yet to be seen because the quality of bowling in PSL has always been high and have always seen fluctuating performances even from the best batsmen in the world.
- Kamran Akmal
Even though the eldest of Akmal brothers hasn’t been able to find his spot in the Pakistan national side for some time now, he has consistently been knocking at the doors of PCB with his solid performances. The flashy right-hander has been among the PSL leading run scorers in the recent seasons and managed to seal the second spot in both PSL 3 and PSL 4. Last year, he managed to score 357 runs in 13 games at a strike rate of 137.83 with 86 being his highest score in the tournament. We expect the same exuberance and fireworks from him at the top when he steps into the field for Zalmi the next time.
The left-hander has received a lot of criticism for being related to the former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq but he has responded his critics with the bat every time. Scoring 341 runs in 12 games in the last season, he ended up on the 5th place on PSL highest run scorers list providing Zalmi some stability on the top. But his performances are surely going to get an upgrade this time around as he won’t be carrying any burden of his uncle on his shoulders.
- Cameron Delport
One of the finest picks for Islamabad United, Delport impressed a lot with his batting and improvisation skills in the last season. He came forward as a distinction in the United’s batting lineup scoring 355 runs from 12 matches with a magical unbeaten 117 to his credit too. He was involved in many match winning performances and did make a difference for Islamabad United with his bat. Can he do that yet another time? We hope so we’re going to see the same fireworks from his bat in the next season as well.
- AB de Villiers
We all know what class AB de Villiers is and he showed that with his bat in the PSL 4 too. The flamboyant right-hander from South Africa played only 7 games and scored 218 runs at a hefty average of 54.50. His average was among the best in the last season and even the tournament’s leading run scorer Shane Watson couldn’t match him there. What if he’d have played all the games for Qalandars? We expect the same firepower from him in PSL 5 as well and whether he gets a chance to lead them or not he is going to make a difference with his bat.
- Colin Ingram
The left-hander from Karachi Kings was among the most impressive players last season and he is expected to do the favor yet another time. He was the 4th highest run getter in the last year’s PSL 2020 having scored 344 runs from 11 games with a highest of 127*. He did make a difference with his strike rate of 164.59. Can he be among the same set of players in PSL 5 as well? Let’s wait and watch.
- Luke Ronchi
The player who finished on top of the PSL leading run scorers in PSL 3 and aced the bowlers with 435 runs in just 11 games saw the numbers dropping for him last year. Such is the quality of bowling one can expect in Pakistan Super League. Last year, he scored 319 runs from 12 games and finished 8th among the leading run scorers. That was quite a dip. Nevertheless, he has been quite a consistent player for Islamabad United for last few seasons and will be expected to lead the pack again among PSL 2020 leading run scorers.
- Ahmed Shehzad
One of the highly rated Pakistan batsmen who lately got overshadowed by some more consistent players was given a chance to represent Quetta Gladiators partially in PSL 4. He made 8 appearances and, guess what, he scored 311 runs with a highest of 99. The right-handed opener averaged 51.83 which had a lot to say about him. Quetta will be relying on him heavily going into PSL 5 and the hopes will be sky high from the opening batsman for sure.
- Fakhar Zaman
Lahore Qalandars have never been the best side but they did produce a few finest players for Pakistan. And, Fakhar Zaman is one of them. The left-hander emerged from the PSL scene and has been impressing with the bat ever since. In last season, he represented his franchise in 10 matches and scored 285 runs with 65 being his highest score. He finished 11th last year but will be expected to move higher up and show some class in the PSL 2020. He does have the potential and we expect him to do much better than that.
With this hard hitting and flamboyant players representing their franchise in the upcoming Pakistan Super League 2020, we high expect one of them to be the PSL 2020 leading run scorer for sure. They are definitely going to make it to top 10 players with the bat and even if there are changes we might only see the order fluctuating a bit. Other than that, nothing much is expected to change. So, what do you think? Who is your 2020 PSL 5 leading run scorer pick? Do you agree with our picks or would like to predict someone else? Share your thoughts in comments!