The 2019 edition of the Pakistan Super League kicked off with a bang, as the opening weekend saw all six teams in action and each one get on the board with at least one win.
In an action-packed weekend, several young Pakistani players caught the eye, with tearaway quick Haris Rauf the breakout star after the opening round of fixtures.
Here’s a look at how he and a few other young guns lit up the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
HARIS RAUF, LAHORE QALANDARS
Haris Rauf entered this edition of the PSL as a player of raw potential, having played club cricket in Australia and last year’s Abu Dhabi T20, but never first-class cricket in Pakistan. After one weekend, he’s being touted as a potential World Cup participant later this year.All it took was one fiery bowling performance that led Qalandars to a comfortable victory over Karachi when they were defending a below-par total. In a spell where he consistently hit speeds over 145kph, he got Ravi Bopara and Mohammad Rizwan in the space of three deliveries in the 17th over, then came back in the 19th to pick up Imad Wasim and Sohail Khan off consecutive balls to kill the game, ending the innings with figures of 4/23.
Rauf is a find of Lahore’s talent hunt programme, having impressed with his ability to bowl above 150kph, and now he’s beginning to his mark.