The Kings could potentially have the best opening pair in batting too. The ICC’s top two ranked batmen, Babar Azam and Colin Munro, both are on the Kings’ roster and likely to the start the innings together. Babar this season became the fastest to 1,000 runs in T20Is breaking Virat Kohli’s record, while Munro’s career strike-rate (161.82) is highest for any batsman with, at least, 1,000 runs in T20Is.
Karachi Kings have always had the backing of an impassioned Karachiite fan base but their performances in the first three editions of Pakistan Super League (PSL) have left a lot to desire.
The batting department of the Kings is probably the strongest aspect of their squad.Pakistan’s Babar Azam and New Zealand’s Colin Munro form a formidable opening pairing for the Kings while their middle-order is beefed up by another in-form player in the shape of South Africa’s Colin Ingram.
Azam’s presence at the top of the order will play a key role in setting the tone for their batting display. If he keeps up with his rich vein of form, Kings will have little to worry about in the batting department.
Azam’s opening partner, Munro has a career strike-rate of 161.82, which is highest for any batsman with at least, 1,000 runs in T20Is. The Kiwi’s ability to hit sixes at will can pose a lot of problems for the team’s opponents, especially in the powerplay overs.
Colin Munro (New Zealand), Colin Ingram (South Africa), Ravi Bopara (England), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe), Aaron Summers (Australia), Ben Dunk (Australia) and Liam Livingstone (England).
Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Rizwan, Awais Zia, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed, Aamer Yamin, Jaahid Ali and Umer Khan.
Ingram has also been in good form with the bat, heading into the fourth edition of PSL. He is currently representing the Adelaide Strikers during the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia and has scored 333 runs in 13 matches at a healthy strike-rate of 138.75.
The Kings also have the likes of England’s Ravid Bopara and Pakistan’s Imad Wasim to provide finishing touches at the backend of their innings, due to their ability to score runs at brisk pace lower down the order.
Kings might possess some good names in their pace bowling department but the lack of consistency in their bowlers’ performances will be a worrying sign for the franchise.
Amir made a comeback in the Pakistan side during the recently concluded tour of South Africa but his performances were not up to the mark. He seemed off-colour with the ball and had little to show for in terms of victims in the wickets column, in all three formats.
Perhaps a good omen for the franchise is that Wasim is heading into the tournament on the back of some good performances for the national side, which is going to add to his confidence as the captain of the franchise.
Schedule of matches:
15 February – v Multan Sultans (d), Sharjah
16 February – v Lahore Qalandars (n), Dubai
21 February – v Peshawar Zalmi (n), Sharjah
23 February – v Islamabad United (n), Sharjah
24 February – v Quetta Gladiators (n), Sharjah
27 February – v Islamabad United (n), Dubai
28 February – v Lahore Qalandars (n), Dubai
4 March – v Multan Sultan (n), Abu Dhabi
7 March – v Peshawar Zalmi (n), Karachi
10 March – v Quetta Gladiators (d), Karachi.