Pakistan’s U-19 player, Qasim Akram, of Karachi Kings has been receiving praise on social media for his unbeatable knock against Islamabad United last night.
He scored fantastic innings of 56 runs off 26 balls when Karachi Kings needed 191 runs to win the match against Islamabad United. Akram, just 19 years old, supported the team when it desperately needed a partnership to win the match. Fans were disappointed as Karachi lost the match by 1 run against Islamabad United.
A score of social media users said that Akram, with this performance, did not deserve to be on the losing side.
“Kings defeat tonight must not overshadow the superb performance in pressure by young Qasim Akram,” said Faizan Lakhani, a sports journalist.
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) February 14, 2022
“Take a bow Qasim Akram 51 not out off 26 balls – didn’t deserve to be on the losing side,” said Sadiq, another sports journalist.
“Qasim Akram has been so impressive. This is what happens when you give young local batting talent a chance. Yesterday Mohammad Haris did it. Today it was Qasim Akram. Hope others get opportunities too,” wrote a Twitter user while appreciating a much-needed impressive knock by the young cricketer.
“Spare a thought for young Qasim Akram,” wrote Imran Ahmed Khan. “Remember Qasim Akram is fresh from SMASHING one of the GREATEST U19 100s! Drop him at your peril!” wrote a user while reminding people how talented the young cricketer is.
Remember Qasim Akram is fresh from SMASHING one of the GREATEST U19 100s!
Drop him at your own peril!
— Emmad Hameed (@Emmad81) February 14, 2022
The youngster batting at number five provided the team support that other senior and more experienced players failed to give. However, with the seventh consecutive defeat in the HBL Pakistan Super League 7, Karachi Kings are officially eliminated from the tournament. Winning a match last night would not have changed the fate of Kings in the tournament but they could have departed respectfully after earning their first two points.