Pakistan Super League has ended with Quetta Gladiators taking home the trophy for the first time. The Aussie legend Shane Watson was in excellent batting form throughout the fourth season, and when he was declared Man of the Tournament, no one was surprised. Let’s take a look at some of the best performers of this year, players who helped their teams with their outstanding batting, bowling, and fielding throughout the fourth season.
Shane Watson tops the batting chart with 430 runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 144; he crossed 50 four times in 12 innings, and was awarded the golden bat memento for ending the tournament as top scorer.
Kamran Akmal of Peshawar Zalmi secured the second spot with 357 while Islamabad United’s Cameron Delport came third with 355 runs that also included one of the two centuries of the season. The other centurion Colin Ingram of Karachi Kings came fourth on the list with a run score of 344 in 11 matches while Imam Ul Haq of Peshawar Zalmi ended the season at the fifth spot due to his 341 runs in 12 matches.
In the bowling department, it was all a Hasan Ali show as he ended the season with 25 wickets in 13 matches; the Peshawar Zalmi pacer took 3 four-wicket hauls this year which is more than any other bowler in the list. Second-placed Faheem Ashraf of Islamabad United came second with 21 wickets in 12 matches including the best figures of six wickets for 19 runs.
As for the best wicket keeper of the year, we had former Australian and New Zealand keeper Luke Ronchi who ended with 11 dismissals for Islamabad United in 12 matches; Kamran Akmal of Peshawar Zalmi came at the second position with 9 dismissals in 13 matches while winning Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed ended his 12 matches with 8 dismissals.
Moving on from defenders behind the wickets to defenders of the boundary, no fielder managed to end with as many as 10 catches this year except Zalmi’s Kieron Pollard who took 10 catches in 13 innings; Mohammad Nawaz of Quetta Gladiators took 8 catches while the third position went to Babar Azam of Karachi Kings who ended the season with 7 catches including 4 in one innings.