It isn’t often that we see a youngster soak in immense pressure and bat with a great sense of responsibility. But for the second time in three games, he stood up when his team required him the most. Azam Khan displayed his brilliance with the bat and played another match-winning knock for his side. Even though he is just 21 years old, it doesn’t seem that way watching him in action. The combined efforts from the bowlers, Azam Khan and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed saw the Quetta Gladiators get back to the winning ways.
For a change, the Karachi Kings opted to bat first after winning the toss. However, that move might not have really worked in their favour. The top-three batsmen – Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan and Alex Hales struggled to score runs at a good clip. While both the right-handers scored 26 and 29 runs respectively at a strike rate around 110, Khan only got 6 from 12. Cameron Delport did a good job as he raced his way to 22 from 12 but he couldn’t stay in the middle for a longer period. Towards the end, Iftikhar Ahmed contributed with 25 runs as his team got to a meagre 156/9. Mohammad Hasnain picked up three wickets.
Azam Khan seems to be a very promising prospect
In a rare occurrence, both Quetta Gladiators’ openers were dismissed in the form of a run-out. Imad Wasim dismissed Jason Roy with a direct hit for 17 (20 balls) while Shane Watson misjudged a second run and got out for 27 (20 balls). Ahmed Shehzad failed to impress once again as he scored only 11 – his third consecutive score below 15 runs. While things looked gloomy at 55/3, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Azam Khan were involved in a great partnership.
The youngster was the aggressor in most part of this partnership until the 17th over. Sarfaraz smashed a six and a four in that over to take his strike rate up from 110 to 143.5. In the next over, however, there was yet another mix-up and this time in was Azam Khan who had to find his way back to the pavilion after he scored 46 off 30. Even Mohammad Nawaz fell in the 19th over. However, Sarfaraz maintained the composure and made full use of his experience. He ensured that he stayed in the middle and saw his team get over the winning line. He got enough support from Anwar Ali who raced his way to 12 and finished the game with a six.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
Ice cold. Blood in his veins. Gold chain. Karachi lad. Powerful dad. No sweat. Easy runs. Opponents ko lun. You sure you wanna mess with him?? Azam khans the name #KKvQG pic.twitter.com/UKBziTsEma
— Hasnat (@HasnatJ10) February 23, 2020
— Dennis Does PSL (@DennisCricket_) February 23, 2020
Appreciation Tweet for Azam Khan. Replied his critics with bat.
Good to Watch his natural abilities and skills.
He is Surely the young Talent and has no Problems with bat Speed and timing.😍#KKvQG pic.twitter.com/PLScKQKA3c
— JahanZaib (@jahanzaibb_) February 23, 2020
Some Powerful hitting from Bablu aka Azam Khan ❤️ #KKvQG pic.twitter.com/Wng0iNupwV
— UET’s Einsteins 🇵🇰 (@uetseinsteins) February 23, 2020
Cool Calm Compose yet dangerous Azam Khan
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) February 23, 2020
The partnership between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Azam Khan of 85 runs off 9 overs (run rate 9.44 runs per over) won the match for @TeamQuetta. At the start of the partnership WinViz gave them a 28% chance of victory – when Azam was dismissed they were 95% favourites. #KKvQG #HBLPSLV
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) February 23, 2020
Well played Azam khan..👏👏if u have talent to deliver doesn’t matter how u seems…😇#KKvsQG pic.twitter.com/FM4ZjOf9G0
— ثناءصائم راو🇵🇰❤ (@SanaSayemRao) February 23, 2020
Lovely again from Azam Khan, beast mode on. Very well played 😀
— PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) February 23, 2020
Muhammad Amir abused a youngster (Azam Khan) who hit him for a six. This was so Immature of Amir! Sharam karle test cricket se bhagney waley!
— Sir Saith Abdullah (@SaithAbdullah99) February 23, 2020
Azam khan to his critics: pic.twitter.com/1y2Dw80V4x
— PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) February 23, 2020
Azam Khan inspiring even Sarfraz to hit a six. What a player this boi is.
— Shumail (@Shumyl) February 23, 2020
This Kid Azam Khan is a very very special talent and a player could be in our hands for World Cup Squad
— Hamza Hameed Mirza (@newsarenapress) February 23, 2020
Azam Khan has played 2 match winning innings in 3 matches. At this rate we might see him in the T20 World Cup squad later this year.
— Usman (@PseudoPsychotic) February 23, 2020
Azam Khan will play T20 World Cup This Year
— Hamza Hameed Mirza (@newsarenapress) February 20, 2020
AZAM KHAN IS GOING TO THE AUSTRALIA WORLD CUP 2020
— Umar (@YyoungDesi5) February 23, 2020
AZAM KHAN FOR THE PAKISTAN T20 WORLD CUP SQUAD 🇵🇰🇵🇰
— Ali Khan (@AliKhann1995) February 23, 2020
Azam Khan redefining cricket. 😂 pic.twitter.com/NIUDRJC8P3
— Hassan Cheema (@Gotoxytop1) February 23, 2020
Moin Khan being his father has certainly fast tracked Azam’s career but he’s certainly talented & composed enough to play & survive at this level
— Osama. (@ashaqeens) February 23, 2020