Lack of Bowling Depth Costs Karachi Kings

Apart from Mohammad Amir, their seamers went taken apart...
Published 15 Mar, 2019 02:21pm

Umer Khan was perhaps the pick of spin bowlers in the PSL, this season. Imad Wasim went for under 6.7 runs per over. The two more than made up for Kings not signing a top quality front-line spinner. Yet they fell short, only scrapping through to the play offs because two teams were poorer than them.

Mohammad Amir, the supposed leader of the pack had a patchy PSL. Overall, his figures of 13 wickets in 9 games at 7.5 runs per over looks decent. But he has taken for runs in crucial games, like yesterday. Usman Shinwari also picked up 13 wickets and bowled that magical over to take his team to the eliminator.

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However, he travelled for 9.74 runs per over. Way too costly for your number 2 bowler. Sohail Khan, who became the poster boy of what Mickey Arthur doesn’t want in a cricketer somehow was picked again. His 2 wickets in 5 games came at a cost of 10.14 runs per over. He looked well past it. Amir Yamin, the all-rounder, played 8 games and picked up 6 wickets. He also wasn’t miserly, costing 8.21 per over. Aaron Summer might well have been a signing for the future, because he is too raw at the moment. This is precisely why his BBL franchise Hobart Hurricanes didn’t give him a game.

Work needs to be done in the bowling department for the Kings. While the filled their batting with foreign players and Babar Azam, their bowling resources look thin. Either they will have to unearth a gem or sign up experienced professionals. They have shown their eye for talent by Umer Khan. That might be the way to go again.