Bubble-blowing Ben Dunk a big hit in Pakistan Super League
By: AP | Pakistan, Rawalpindi |

Published: March 10, 2020 1:38:57 pm


Lahore Qalandars batsmen Ben Dunk, left, and Sohail Akhtar have fun after hitting a boundary throughout a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match towards Karachi Kings, in Lahore. (AP Photo)

Ben Dunk broke his personal report of most sixes in a PSL sport inside a week when he smashed 12 towering sixes towards Karachi Kings in an unbeaten 99 off simply 40 balls on Sunday evening. The blistering knock earned Lahore a resounding eight-wicket win with 5 balls to spare as the house crew raced to 190-2.

Dunk went agonizingly near a century final Tuesday, too, when he smashed 10 sixes towards defending champion Quetta Gladiators in a match-winning knock of 93 not out.

“I think no one realistically will remember whether it was 100 or 99 not outs,” Dunk, who will flip 33 on Wednesday, stated. “Most people who came tonight remember that we won the game and I think that’s something that I’ve always prided myself on … and we’re right back in the tournament again.”

And each time Dunk has struck big, the highly effective left-hander has celebrated it by blowing a bubble to the good delight of his franchise Lahore Qalandars followers on the Gaddafi Stadium.

“No special things in it, I’m just trying to stay calm in the middle, really,” Dunk stated of his celebration. “It’s sort of a little idiosyncrasy, I guess, that I do and probably a bad habit that I should probably stop. But I just try and do it to keep me calm and keep my mind on the task at hand.”

Dunk’s exploits with the bat have modified Lahore’s fortunes. With three league video games nonetheless in hand, Lahore might make it to the playoffs for the primary time in 5 years after ending on the backside of the standings in the earlier 4 editions of the event.

Dunk’s ferocious hitting had left bowlers clueless in the PSL. No matter at what size a spinner or a quick bowler has bowled, Dunk has dispatched it over the boundary with obvious ease on each side of the wicket. Be it skilled left-arm quick bowler Mohammad Amir or Pakistan’s No. 1 alternative Twenty20 left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, each bought punished by Dunk on Sunday.

But Dunk, a journeyman who has performed in T20 leagues in 4 international locations, believes he’s one of many fortunate gamers to be a part of the PSL.

“There’s so many cricketers who want to play in this tournament, both locally here and around the world,” Dunk stated. “I’m certainly in no position to dictate where I bat … I’m happy to keep (wickets), happy to bat, happy to bat at 11 and happy to try and bowl if that’s what the team needs. I just want to try and do the best that I can for the team.” He bowls some right-arm offspin, bats left-handed and take the gloves behind the stumps.

Dunk, who hails from Australia’s northern Queensland state, has performed 5 Twenty20 internationals for Australia, making his debut in 2014 towards South Africa at Adelaide. Despite his latest kind, he doesn’t see himself in the plans of coach Justin Langer for this 12 months’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

“Fortunately enough, in Australia we’ve got quite a few good players. I would assume JL (Justin Langer) would certainly be following (the PSL), but I would say I am well off the radar.”

Dunk can be impressed by the big crowds in the PSL each at Lahore and Rawalpindi because the Twenty20 league is being performed in its entirety for the primary time in Pakistan because it was launched in 2016 in the United Arab Emirates.

“The crowds have been amazing, they’re almost like our 12th man,” he stated. “As we sort of start to get momentum in the game, you could just feel the crowd getting louder and louder. I really feel quite blessed to have them cheering. I’d certainly rather be playing for Lahore in this stadium than against us, that’s for sure.”

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