‘Fastest PSL centurion’ Usman Khan reluctant to commit to Pakistan
Multan Sultans opener Usman Khan put his former franchise Quetta Gladiators and hit a ruthless and harmful 43-ball 120 as Multan Sultans posted the league’s perfect general of 262 for 3.
Usman took complete benefit of the absence of Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain when he canned 12 fours and 9 sixes in a 43-ball onslaught. He finished his first 50 from 22 balls with seven fours and 3 sixes, whilst his subsequent 50 runs got here off 14 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes. His 36-ball 100 was once the fastest century in HBL PSL, beating 24-hour-old file of team-mate Rilee Rossouw, who had reached the 3 figures in 41 balls towards Peshawar Zalmi.
However, within the post-match convention, the exhausting hitting batsman, who’s settled in UAE and performs franchise cricket over there, appeared hesitant to commit to Pakistan.
“You know how uncertain conditions are in Pakistan. No one knows what will happen next. If you score in one match and don’t perform in next two matches, people start criticizing you. If you perform in another country, only then Pakistani consider you good enough. I will continue to play the way I am doing right now,” Usman stated.
“I didn’t get a chance to play at a higher level in Pakistan. I used to be in second XI tournaments all the time despite performing. I have played as a local player in UAE and performed well. When you don’t get opportunity to play first-class in Pakistan, you are bound to move to another country,” he added.
Usman made his intentions transparent within the 3rd over of the innings when he slapped Aimal Khan for 4 fours in 5 balls. In the 6th over, Usman welcomed Qais Ahmed through taking him to the cleaners through hitting 3 sixes and two fours as Multan Sultans finished their PowerPlay overs at 91 for no loss.
Usman confirmed no appreciate to the Afghanistan bowler when he returned within the 9th over, once more belting him for 3 sixes and two fours. The hapless Qais Ahmed ended up with the costliest HBL PSL figures of 4-0-77-2.
Usman was once ultimately stumped off a Mohammad Nawaz huge however after the Multan Sultans scoreboard confirmed 157 in 10 overs.