PSL XI – Red-hot Sohaib Maqsood, explosive Colin Munro, all-round Mohammad Nawaz, and more

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What should have been a four-week PSL season ended up exceeding four months, and while there were some real lows for the league, it ended with a high-quality final. Splitting the league into two meant more players took part in the competition than ever before, and while that made picking the best XI tricky, some managed to stand out. Here’s ESPNcricinfo’s XI for the 2021 season.

The Islamabad United’s top order looks a little bereft without Luke Ronchi, but fellow New Zealander Munro filled those boots impressively and seamlessly. Despite only being available for the Abu Dhabi leg of the PSL, he hit the ground running, getting United off to several explosive starts. No side scored at a higher rate in the powerplay, and while he got able support from Usman Khawaja, Munro was the primary reason for that. Two innings particularly stood out: a 36-ball 90 which saw United post the highest ever PSL powerplay score and chase down a target of 137 inside ten overs, and an unbeaten 88 off 56 to chase down 191 which sealed qualification for the playoffs.

Rizwan seems to get little wrong in T20 cricket these days, but he doesn’t just get into the side for the superb wicketkeeping and brilliant captaincy which led the Multan Sultans to the PSL title. His scintillating form in Karachi saw him post scores of 71, 41, 76, 43 and 66 even as the Sultans struggled to get wins on the board. But he followed up with an unbeaten 82 in Abu Dhabi which got the Sultans’ juggernaut going. His stability and consistency at the top – just once in 12 innings did he fail to reach double figures – gave the Sultans a solid platform, allowing their bigger hitters the freedom and license they craved. Not least the man who follows him in at number three, both in the Sultans team and this list..

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