PSL Winners List 2016-2023
For all the cricket fans in Pakistan, the Pakistan Super League, shortly called PSL, was a dream come true. Before 2016, the fans always used to debate on Twitter for a T20 league of our own.
Maybe it stemmed from the lack of quality T20 action in our country. Or, it may also have been due to the banning of Pakistani cricketers from IPL. Whatever the reason, fans knew that a T20 league in Pakistan would always be a good idea. And the PCB also shared the vision. Hence, the first ever PSL was played in 2015-2016. Well, most parts of it were played in 2016.
Since then, seven seasons have passed, and almost the 8th season will end. Hence, we will have a total of 8 PSL winners. In this article, we will be talking about PSL winners from each season. Although, we will also try to predict who will win the 8th season of HBL PSL.
Are you ready? Well, let’s jump right into it.
Pakistan Super League (PSL) Winners
So far, seven winners have been for seven seasons of HBL PSL. While there used to be only one team who won the title more than two times, some other team will take this title away from Islamabad United. Islamabad United won the PSL titles two times. But they were knocked out in the 8th season by Peshawar Zalmi. Now, it will be either Peshawar, Multan, or Lahore who will win the title for the 2nd time.
For now, here is the summary of PSL winners so far
Islamabad United won the 1st season of PSL. It was the first time a tournament like this was introduced in Pakistan’s cricket scene. Hence, this was something special. Misbah was the captain of this team. Yes, the captain, Misbah!
The team was struggling this season. But the United players delivered when it mattered the most. They won the crucial matches, shifted gears when they had to, and won the first-ever season of PSL. Sharjeel Khan and Rashid Latif were the batters that impacted the team. Among bowlers, Andre Russel was the highest wicket-taker of the first season. He took 16 wickets in 10 matches.
Undoubtedly, it was a magical moment in the history of Pakistan cricket. Islamabad was a dark horse, just like the Pakistan national team has been in various tournaments: magical moments, the microcosm of Pakistan cricket.
Peshawar Zalmi won the 2nd season. It was notable for one reason, and that reason is that the final of this tournament was played in Pakistan. It may not be exceptional if you are from any other cricketing nation. But for Pakistanis, it was emotional. Cricket was finally coming home, and there was no cricket fan whose eyes weren’t full of tears. It was pure joy.
Darren Sammy was the man of the final match, while Kamran Akmal was the man of the series. Kamran was also the highest run-scorer for the team, while Wahab Riaz was the most lethal bowler in their arsenal.
The crowd in Gaddafi stadium was full of cheers and pure happiness. Cricket was back in Pakistan, and it was back with a bang!
Islamabad United got the trophy back! They also became the best T20 team in PSL with this win and became the first and only team in PSL to win more than one time. But that record will go to someone else after the 8th season. Putting it differently, they are going to share it with someone else. Still, this was the most considerable flex for the Islamabad United fans for quite some time.
Islamabad United won and took the trophy from the defending champions in Karachi. Can it become even more poetic for the United? People may hate it, but you must agree that Islamabad has the x-factor to get back in the game anytime. This unpredictability is what makes them a formidable team.
Of the players, Luke Ronchi became the top run-scorer, while Faheem Ashraf was the top wicket-taker of the tournament. Seems like the Capital boys dominated the entire season.
Quetta Gladiators won the season in 2019, and it was something special. They represent the part of the country that is the most neglected, so this win was special for the people in Balochistan. After winning, the team did a whole tour of Quetta and exhibited the trophy among the common people. The Gladiators dominated the season.
Peshawar Zalmi were in the PSL final for the 2nd time, but they lost it. Same venue, different opposition, but the same outcome. The Gladiators were just too strong. Shane Watson was the man that did it for them. He was their most impactful player and top scorer of the season. While Sohail Tanvir, Nawaz, and Hasnain were the top wicket-taking options for the Gladiators.
Karachi Kings finally won the PSL. One of the best teams of the tournament so far finally got the title they deserved. And it was the most iconic final that PSL could ever witness. It was Lahore Qalandars vs. Karachi Kings. Or what we at CricketWorlds.Net call “Desi El-Clasico.”
Karachi faced off against the Qalandars at their home turf, National Stadium Karachi. And it couldn’t get any better. Both teams were in their best form. PSL 5 was also special as the fans could finally get a break from the anxiety and pressure of the global pandemic situation.
And who was the player that made it happen? Obviously, it was none other than Babar Azam. He scored a quick 63 to sail the Karachi boat to victory. He was the man of the series as well since he was the top runs-scorer.
Multan Sultans were introduced back in 2017, and no one thought that a young team could leave its mark in the annals of PSL’s history so fast. They won the 2021 edition of the tournament. And they won the tournament finale in style. It was Abu Dhabi and the Sultans were in no mood to chill. Their batsmen scored quickly, especially Sohaib Maqsood. People compared him with Inzamam-ul-Haq since he was from Multan as well.
It is not like Sohaib only performed in the finale, he was ranked 3rd among top run-scorers, along with Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Hence, Rizwan and Sohaib were the most impactful batters for the Sultans. Among the bowlers, Multan had their emerging player Dahani as the top wicket-taker of the season. He was young, charismatic, and surprisingly sweet in attitude. Not unlike a fast bowler who bowls 145+ like it’s nothing. Maybe this is what made him the star of the tournament.
Lahore Qalandars finally won their PSL title. After years of misery, they were finally able to get back at the haters who wanted the team out of PSL. They were facing Multan Sultans, the defending champions in the finale. The Qalandars completely dominated the game. They scored 180 and bowled the opposition out on 138 runs, becoming the 7th winner of HBL PSL.
Mohammad Hafeez was the man of the match in the Finale, while Pakistan cricket got a superstar in the form of Rizwan. If we talk about batters, it was Fakhar Zaman for the Qalandars. He was the top runs-getter for the team, averaging 45 runs at a strike rate of 150+. Among the bowlers, it was Dahani again for them, along with Khushdil Shah.
Who will win the 8th season? – Prediction
So far, the tournament has been pretty competitive. While the Zalmis kicked united out of the tournament in the eliminator, kicking out the possibility of them winning the tournament for the third time, the Sultans went straight to the finale for the 3rd time in a row. They became the third team to do so in PSL’s history.
So far, Rizwan has been the top batsman in the tournament. He is the reason why Multan has been so successful. While Abbas Afridi and Ihsanullah have been at the top among bowlers. Both are from Multan’s franchise.
Multan Sultans have been dominating the tournament. And it seems like they will win this time, becoming the 2nd team to win more than once in HBL PSL.
Who won PSL season 8?
Well, our prediction couldn’t have been more wrong. LAHORE QALANDARS WON THE SUPERNOVA.
Also, Lahore became the first team to defend the PSL title. Their skipper also became the first to win 2 PSL titles. Shaheen was also the man of the match for the finale. Although all the other awards were taken away by the Sultans, Lahore took away the PSL trophy from them. And it was a hell of a match.
Lahore Qalandars won by only one run. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? This match was the epitome of cricket in Pakistan It represented the spirit of cricket in Pakistan. It was full of twists and turns, and you could never say who was going to lift the trophy until the last ball.
Zaman Khan had to defend 13 runs in the final overs. And when it was the last ball, Multan had to score just 4 runs. Khushdil was on strike. Anything could happen. But Zaman successfully defended the score by bowling a wide yorker.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it was the Qalandars’ bowling attack that was the highlight of the show. And it was their peak bowling that was able to defend the total in the finale.
Let’s see how the reigning champions do in the next edition of HBL PSL.