PSL 2021: Samit Patel eyes win for Lahore Qalandars, says staff ‘very assured’

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Lahore Qalandars’ all-rounder Samit Patel. — PSL/File

Lahore Qalandars’ all-rounder Samit Patel mentioned Thursday his staff are “very confident” to carry out properly within the ongoing Pakistan Super League.

Patel, talking to Geo.television, mentioned that he was impressed to see the way in which Fakhar Zaman confirmed accountability and stayed on the bottom until the top of the sport in opposition to Quetta Gladiators.

“We just want to play good cricket — a good brand of cricket and exciting cricket. I think that we have a mixture of youth and experienced players in our squad,” he mentioned.

The all-rounder mentioned that he’s comfortable that his staff began properly, including that he hopes the staff will hold the momentum going.

“The form of the local guys has also been really impressive,” he said while mentioning performances of Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Haris Rauf.

He also praised Fakhar Zaman for his batting against Quetta Gladiators in Qalandar’s 2nd game in Pakistan Super League and said that he was excited to see Fakhar returning not-out and finishing the game.

“I see myself performing the finishing role with David Wiese. Having experience helps me get through different situations during the game. The goals are to win, go on and play really good cricket, and try and lift the trophy with the Lahore Qalandars,” he aimed.

Patel, who has previously represented Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United in the PSL, said that Lahore was always a good team and had star names in the roster but they were unlucky as they could not make headway in the tournament.

“But I think the way we’re jelling now is as Qalandars is exciting for us and the whole of the PSL league,” he said.

Replying to a question, Patel praised the security arrangements made for the tournament made by the government — ensuring the players’ safety.

Recalling his past experiences in PSL, he said that the crowd was “loud” when he represented Islamabad — and it’s always a great reception to be playing in Pakistan.

Patel hoped for some support to spinners in PSL matches despite Karachi’s wicket showing tilt towards batsmen.

The England all-rounder disagreed with his South African teammate when asked if practising Golf swing can help batsmen improve power hitting.

“I think the gym will help more than playing golf. I mean, it’s more of a mindset of relaxing and the swing of the golf swing. But yeah, each to their own I don’t think necessarily golf will improve your scores. I think the stronger you are, you’re probably going to hit it as further,” he concluded.