Shahnawaz Dahani’s journey from the uneven cricket fields of Larkana to the limelight of PSL

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The Pakistan Super League has become a platform for many cricketers to fast track their cricket journey.

Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Haris Rauf are just some players who’ve become superstars and gotten a nod from selectors to play for Pakistan after performing in PSL.

This year, the player who has got everyone’s attention is 22-year old fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani – the young man from Larkana who has impressed everyone with his performance.

Dahani was picked by Multan Sultans as an emerging player in the PSL6 draft earlier this year and made his debut for Sultans during a game against Peshawar Zalmi. Since then, he has played three games and has taken two wickets in each of them.

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Of tape-ball cricket, makeshift TV screens and 3G bowling Dahani is from a small village named Khuhawar Khan Dahani. He used to play tape-ball cricket, barefooted, on an open and uneven field in his village.

“I was passionate about bowling fast and was known in my village for my fast bowling, that’s why many there had named me 3G bowler – to relate the speed with the speed of the internet,” Dahani said with his typical smile.
‘Dream wicket is Babar Azam’

The young bowler said Babar Azam would be his dream wicket and he came close when Azam had almost edged during the Sultans vs Kings game.

“It was so close but even to beat a batsman like Babar is something very important for me. This gave me confidence that I could take his wicket next time,” Dahani said.

He said that he aims to emulate bowlers like Shane Bond and Jofra Archer who are his role models.

But for now, Dahani has his eyes set on the remaining matches of PSL where he wants to top the list of wicket-takers.—Agencies