Congratulations, Pakistan, on hosting a phenomenally successful PSL!

It came, it started and it conquered the hearts of millions, in our nation and beyond.

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) finally concluded last night and what an ending it was. It was, arguably, the biggest and most colourful cricketing event ever held in the history of this country. PSL was an event which many thought would not kick off and an event that was continuously bombarded with criticism from all directions during its inception stage. But PSL’s success proved everybody wrong. I’m pretty sure its success may have even surprised its financial backers.

Speaking of surprises, the winners of the PSL also surprised everyone with their performance in the second half of the tournament. Islamabad United were never the favourites to win the tournament. At least for me they weren’t.

Islamabad United were never the favourites to win the tournament.
Photo: Tribune

But that’s what Misbahul Haq’s magical captaincy does. He doesn’t create the hype others can but can produce equally good or even better results quietly. Tuk Tuk has convincingly led another side to produce great results against all odds. He’s done this in the past and he’s done it yet again. Amongst all the great T20 players, teams and captains we have in the country, Misbah and Islamabad United rose to become champions.

But that’s what Misbahul Haq’s magical captaincy does.
Photo: Tribune

But this does not discredit the Quetta Gladiators for entertaining everyone with such great performances throughout the tournament. They were said to be the underdogs at the start of the tournament in comparison to star-studded teams like the Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars, but they proved themselves to be the dark horses.

But this does not discredit the Quetta Gladiators for entertaining everyone with such great performances throughout the tournament.
Photo: Tribune

Under the mentorship of Sir Vivian Richards, Quetta Gladiators gelled brilliantly. Their teamwork was exceptional and it was great to see the likes of Sarfraz Ahmed, Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakkara come together in one team.

Social media was filled with appreciative messages for the passion the great West Indian legend showed during the matches from the dugout. Sir Vivian Richards is an inspiration and if he does work with the Pakistan national side (as rumors are suggesting) it will do nothing but benefit the team.

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