In every edition of the Pakistan Super League, a new face emerges that overwhelms as soon as he arrives. In the past, Hassan Ali, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf rose from anonymity to the heights of fame from this league and began to be counted among the star cricketers of Pakistan.
This year too, a name has come to the fore which has caught everyone’s attention with its performance and that is 22-year-old fast bowler Shahnawaz Dhani who is in the emerging category in Team Multan Sultans.
Shahnawaz Dhani, who hails from Khawar Khan Dhani, a village near Larkana, said that he did not even know the alphabet of professional cricket, nor did he know what spikes are, to play regular cricket. What is needed in the kit? I used to play tape ball cricket in the village and I was obsessed with fast bowling. People in the village used to call me ‘3G’ because of my fast bowling.
Shahnawaz says that he was so obsessed with the cricket that he never missed a live match. Despite the limited facilities in the village, one or the other could arrange to watch the match.
He said that one day an official of the Larkana region in the village saw him bowling fast and called him for U-19 trials. I did not even have shoes. He also asked his friends in another village to participate in the trials. Key and District Under-19 were selected in the team and never looked back.
Shahnawaz Dhani said that the obsession was so great that after playing one season, he reached to give under-19 trials again and found out that being ‘over age’ is also a law.
He said that his father was not in favor of playing cricket and always insisted on studies. Some time ago his father passed away. If he were alive today, he would be very proud to see my success. I miss him very much today.
The fast bowler said that after the death of his father, he moved away from cricket for some time to support his family, but then his brother, who is a police constable, and his mother encouraged him to start cricket again.
Shahnawaz Dhani made his first-class debut in the recently concluded season after going through various stages and took 27 wickets in 8 matches. Based on his performance, he was selected as the Emerging Cricketer by the Multan Sultans in the PSL. Added to that, the manner in which Dhani debuted against Zalmai has impressed everyone.
He has played three matches so far and guided two players to the pavilion in each match.
Shahnawaz says that a lot has changed after playing three matches of PSL. Before, no one knew Shahnawaz Dhani. When he made his debut in PSL, everyone started naming him.
Shahnawaz said that he was very proud when everyone on the ground was chanting. It is estimated that the way he started, the expectations from him have increased even more and he admits that he With the passage of time, I have to improve my skills even more and bring variety in bowling according to T20, for which I am working hard under the supervision of my team’s bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.
The fast bowler added that over the past few days, he has learned a lot about important things regarding the T20 format, especially the difference between bowling a new ball and death overs.
Shahnawaz Dhani has been having discus during PSL because of his smile, he says that always smiling is his nature and he will always be like that.
He said that he understands that when you are happy and smiling, difficult situations are brought under control.
He said that during the first match, Carlos Braithwaite encouraged him a lot, and what he celebrated with him was Braithwaite’s plan.
After Shahnawaz Dhani, Zahid Mahmood, and Noman Ali, he is the third bowler to emerge from Sindh in recent times.
In this regard, he said that when Zahid Mahmood got the cap, everyone in Sindh was happy. Seeing them also playing PSL, the boys of the village have started realizing that their future can be in cricket.
He admitted that PSL has the eyes of the whole world and it is a golden opportunity for them to get the attention of national selectors. Because a player becomes a star only when the star of Pakistan is placed on his chest.
Shahnawaz Dhani wants to be one of the prominent bowlers in the PSL but at the same time says that it is not in his control to get a wicket or not, he is in control of giving 100% of what he gives in every match.
To a question, Shahnawaz Dhani said that he wanted to take the wicket of Babar Azam. He took the wicket of Sharjeel Khan against Karachi Kings but could not take the wicket of Babar. It was also a big thing for him that like Babar Azam He dotted or ‘batted’ the top batsman on his bowling.
Shahnawaz Dhani is currently focused on PSL but like every cricketer, he also wants to represent Pakistan and bowl his favorites like Shane Bond and Joffra Archer whenever the opportunity arises.