Peshawar Zalmi’s Haider Ali emerged as new batting sensation of Pakistan Super League
The 19-year-old has been a revelation in his first PSL campaign. After eight games in the competition, Haider is the one of the highest runscorers in the tournament with an average of 34, but it is his strike-rate of 161.90 that really stands out.
His 27-ball 47 link saved his side from embarrassment against Multan Sultans link while his rapid 69 from number five link against Lahore Qalandars link was one of the knocks of the tournament so far.
With the T20 World Cup link fast approaching and Pakistan lacking the kind of firepower that Haider so obviously possesses, it doesn’t seem at all far fetched that Haider could force his way into Pakistan’s plans for the tournament in the near future.
It’s been a whirlwind few months for Haider. He finished his maiden Quaid-e-Azam Trophy campaign – Pakistan’s first-class competition – with 645 runs at a touch under 50.
In the final against Central Punjab, Haider struck 134 in a losing cause against an attack that featured four players that have played Test cricket for Pakistan.
He enjoyed similar success for a Pakistan Emerging Team XI in the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup competition in late 2019 that Pakistan went on to win, averaging over 40 at the top of the order.