PSL 2019: Multan Sultans' Mohammad Ilyas hoping to emulate Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali

Waseem Ahmed 17:54 02/03/2019
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Mohammad Ilyas. Image credit - MultanSultans/Twitter.

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been throwing up future talents for the Pakistan team ever since its inception in 2016 and the ongoing edition is proving to be no different with several youngsters making their marks.

One of the emerging players to make heads turn so far has been Multan Sultans pacer Mohammad Ilyas. The 19-year-old has clocked up good speeds and has managed to pick up four wickets in his last three appearances for Multan.

Having impressed for Pakistan in the Emerging Asia Cup with a hat-trick last year, Ilyas is relishing sharing the Multan dressing room with seasoned professionals such as Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik.

“I always idolised Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi and today I’m sharing the dressing room with them. Rubbing shoulders with them is giving me a chance to learn a lot, especially on how to make diet plans to stay fit,” Ilyas was quoted as saying by Geo TV.

“It’s going very good for me, this format is very exciting, more intense than the cricket I have played so far. I have played Emerging Asia Cup and first-class, but this is very different and top-level competition where I’m getting to learn a lot from seniors,” he added.

Playing his maiden PSL campaign, the youngster is dreaming big and is hoping to hit the heights that pacers like Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali have reached in the league.

“My target from the day I left home for PSL was to be among the top five bowlers, I want to see my name placed alongside the likes of Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz,” said Ilyas.

“Players like Shaheen Shah and Hasan Ali have come from the league and I also aim to give my best and get my career fast tracked. But first and foremost, I will try to give my best to make my team victorious.”

Multan are currently bottom of the PSL table with just two wins so far in eight games and will next be in action on March 4 when they take on Karachi Kings at Abu Dhabi.

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