The ongoing edition of the PSL has seen several young Pakistan pacers including Mohammad Hasnain, Muhammad Musa and Haris Rauf create an impression with their raw pace and accuracy.
Watson, who is currently leading the run-scoring charts in the 2019 PSL, has admitted his amazement at the steady rate at which young fast bowlers are emerging through the tournament.
“That is one thing that always comes up while playing in the PSL, even from my first year and it continued to be now. There’s always one or two fast bowlers who are bowling way above 140kph, pushing 150kph,” Watson told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.
“So every single game I go out and play, I know I have to be absolutely on my game, ready to go, otherwise I can get exposed and hurt facing these quick bowlers. It’s an incredible thing, the depth that Pakistan cricket has over any other country that I have ever played in – real and proper fast bowling. It’s amazing how they continue to come through.
The rise of Mohammad Hasnain:— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) March 8, 2019
Nov 17: Handpicked by Waqar Younis & chosen for PSL by IU
Feb 18: Ruled out of PSL due to injury
Sept 18: FC debut with PTV
Feb 19: Signed by QG as replacement for Naseem Shah
March 19: Bowls at 151kph during PSL
March 19: Picked for Pak ODI squad
“Now we’ve got (Mohammad) Hasnain here at Quetta who has come onto the scene and is bowling 150kmh, as it continues to happen every single PSL. So it’s pretty amazing.”
18-year-old Hasnain has picked up seven wickets so far for Quetta in five games in what is his maiden PSL campaign. The young pacer’s display has seen him earn a maiden call up to the Pakistan squad for the upcoming ODI series against Australia in the UAE.
Watson and Quetta, meanwhile, will be in action on Wednesday when they take on Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi in the Qualifier. The winner of the clash will progress to the final of the competition which will be held on March 17 at Karachi.
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