In a huge breakthrough for the Karachi Kings, who have lost back-to-back games in the Pakistan Super League’s seventh edition, their star pacer Mohammad Amir has recovered from his hamstring injury.
According to reports, Mohammad Amir, the Kings’ fast bowler, was observed bowling with full rhythm during a practice session at the High-Performance Center Karachi today and is expected to participate in the match against Peshawar Zalmi on February 4.
It’s worth noting that Amir was unable to participate in any of his team’s first three games, all of which ended in defeat for Kings.
One of the causes for the home team’s current plight, according to pundits, is the lack of a seasoned pacer in the squad.
Meanwhile, Hazratullah Zazai of Peshawar Zalmi returned to practice today after recovering from COVID-19. When he arrived in Pakistan from Afghanistan, he tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to a Zalmi spokeswoman, English cricketer Saqib Mahmood will travel in Pakistan tomorrow and will join the team after finishing his three-day quarantine period.
Reasons why the Karachi Kings are failing in PSL 2022
Karachi Kings have had a lackluster performance in the ongoing PSL, which was not expected of them, especially following a change of leadership.
Babar Azam, who led Pakistan to a historic victory against India in last year’s T20 World Cup, has taken over as captain of the Kings after Imad Wasim was relieved of his duties.
The Kings, on the other hand, have struggled to defend big totals in recent meetings at Karachi’s National Stadium.
They’ve lost by seven wickets to Multan Sultan, six wickets to Lahore Qalandars, and eight wickets to Quetta Gladiators, and it appears that their losing trend will continue.
Here are four reasons why we think they are failing:
Excessive reliance on top-order
The Kings appear to rely heavily on the top of the order — Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam — to score runs, as none of the batters after them appear to be up to par.
Babar Azam’s attempt to keep his ‘brand’ alive
The captain is attempting to maintain his “brand identity” as the one who scores runs for the team when it is most needed, much like he does in international cricket.
As a result, the 27-year-old is not scoring on the powerplay, when he should be hitting hard, and prefers to play a longer inning than other batters.
The Karachi Kings’ middle order is continually collapsing due to too much reliance on Babar and Sharjeel and their failure to score enough runs to relieve the strain on the batters who follow them.
After the expulsion of Babar and Sharjeel, none of the players in the middle order have been able to contribute 30 runs to the total score, leaving the team handicapped.
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