Guptill eager to help Karachi Kings defend PSL title

 Guptill eager to help Karachi Kings defend PSL title
I am really looking forward to batting with Babar Azam, who is a world-class batter with impressive T20 numbers, says Guptill

I want to make an impact for Peshawar Zalmi with my positive style of batting, says David Miller

LAHORE   -  New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has said that he is eager to help Karachi Kings defend the Pakistan Super League (PSL6) title.  

Addressing the virtual press conference on Monday from Abu Dhabi, Guptil said he has his mind fixed on helping Karachi retain the title, they won in a similarly disrupted season last time out. “I am hopeful that the Karachi Kings will continue their positive momentum and defend the title and try to make the Karachi fans happy.”  

Terming Babar Azam his favourite Pakistani batsman, the New Zealand opener said: “Babar Azam is my current favourite Pakistani batsman, although I have been lucky to have played against Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousaf in the past towards the end of their careers and both were great batsmen and I had enjoyed playing against them. I am really looking forward to batting with Babar Azam, who is a world-class batter with impressive T20 numbers.”

Israeli army demolishes dozens of Palestinian homes in West Bank Guptill said that it will be a challenge for him to face the heat but he is ready for it. “I always struggle with the heat unfortunately. Coming from winter back at home, into the 40-odd degree heat is going to be a challenge. That sort of heat is something I will never be able to get comfortable with.

“But at the end of the day, it is going to be the same for everyone here. From my side, it is going to be a case of making sure I am well hydrated going into the game, that I keep my fluids up, and that I don’t start cramping too early during a game. That is what I will be looking to do to try to combat the heat,” he added. 

“It’ll be nice to come up against the international guys again, and in different conditions as well. The likes of Shaheen Afridi, Hassan Ali, all these different guys spring to mind. It’s going to be a good challenge over here, slower balls will come into play as the tournament wears on and the pitches get a bit drier. It’s going to be a great challenge and I’m looking forward to it,” he concluded. 

India's illegal actions cannot change status of occupied Kashmir: FO Peshawar Zalmi’s South African batsman David Miller is excited to be part of the PSL6, which will resume in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The batsman is ready for the spin-friendly track in Abu Dhabi as he hopes to see the former champions do well in the remaining matches of the league.

“Spinners are going to play a big part in this tournament. Since the tournament is being played at one venue only, I suspect wickets will become more spin-friendly as the event progresses. Batsmen should be ready for the challenge,” Miller told reporters during a virtual press conference on Monday.

The 31-year-old player believes the hot weather conditions will also help the spinners get more turn from the wicket. “The heat factor can also play a big part on the condition of the wickets. All the teams have quality spinners in their ranks and it could become a challenge for batsmen at the back end of the tournament,” he said.

Spain captain Busquets tests positive for coronavirus The South African batsman said that he wants to make an impact for Zalmi with his positive style of batting. “In terms of my role for Zalmi, I would like to contribute to the team in a positive manner. I could be at the wicket in third over or in 15th over. It depends on the situation of the match. I want to perform in any situation to earn victory for my team. Overall, I’m so excited to perform well for Peshawar Zalmi in Abu Dhabi.”

He said that he is also looking forward to playing under the captaincy of Wahab Riaz. “Wahab is one of the fastest bowlers in the business. He is a fighter and I love his style of leading the team. I am looking forward to playing under him and he wants to win. He demands 100 per cent from his players,” Miller concluded.

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