Having been postponed in February following the coronavirus outbreak, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) came to a close yesterday, with Karachi Kings being crowned the champions. It was a superb and big moment for the team because not only was it their first-time taking the trophy home but it was also a well-deserved win considering the players lost their coach Dean Jones in September. Moreover, they won the match on their home ground! Karachi Kings, now coached by ace former cricketer Wasim Akram, defeated runner-up Lahore Qalandars by five wickets, with Babar Azam receiving the prize for the player of the match and tournament. Pakistani celebrities took to social media and congratulated the team on the whopping win!
Mubarak ho Karachi walo! Congratulations @Salman_ARY and the entire team of @KarachiKingsARY. It has indeed been a long wait but totally worth it, Alhamdulillah! Wish @ProfDeano was also with us tonight pic.twitter.com/hhna8kpC4L
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) November 17, 2020
Humayun Saeed was among the first to congratulate Karachiites as well as the team owner Salman Iqbal. “Mubarak ho Karachi walo! Congratulations @Salman_ARY and the entire team of @KarachiKingsARY. It has indeed been a long wait but totally worth it, Alhamdulillah! Wish
@ProfDeano was also with us tonight,” tweeted the Jawani Phir Nahi Ani actor alongside a series of pictures from the final game. Cricket fan and singer Asim Azhar shared an exciting video on Instagram. It featured him cheering and shouting when Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim finished off the match with an unexpected four. “KARACHI KINGS CHAMPIONS! YE HAI KARACHI! winning moments,” he posted on the photo-sharing platform.
A thrilling finale to the #HBLPSLV . A well deserved win for the Karachi Kings and a fitting tribute to their late coach, Dean Jones. He would really have been proud today! 🏏🏆💙#KarachiKings #KKvLQ #PSL2020Final
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) November 17, 2020
Congratulations to the champions @KarachiKingsARY @wasimakramlive @simadwasim @babarazam258 @Salman_ARY and most of all to the champion up in the skies Dean Jones…. #HBLPSLV #HBLPSL pic.twitter.com/03EjirlksD
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) November 17, 2020
Mehwish Hayat termed the match as a “thrilling experience!” Writing on the micro-blogging site, she penned, “A thrilling finale to the #HBLPSLV. A well-deserved win for the Karachi Kings and a fitting tribute to their late coach, Dean Jones. He would really have been proud today!” Musician Fakhr-e-Alam remembered Jones too. He wrote, “Congratulations to the champions @KarachiKingsARY @wasimakramlive @simadwasim @babarazam258 @Salman_ARY and most of all to the champion up in the skies Dean Jones. #HBLPSLV#HBLPSL.”
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) November 17, 2020
— Syed ShahrozSabzwari (@ShahrozSabzwari) November 17, 2020
Wasim Akram was elated over the win and lauded the players for their efforts and discipline. “I wanted to say how proud I am to have worked with such a professional and dedicated team. Never in my life have I seen such spirit & unity. I’m so honoured to stand alongside this team tonight as we go out and give it everything we’ve got #PSLFinal. @KarachiKingsARY,” he posted, hours ahead of the final. Following the win, Akram tweeted, “Nothing can prepare you for an ending quite like this. A year we will never ever forget. It’s bittersweet. #KarachiTakesTheCup#PSLFinal2020#RIPDeano.” Actor Shahroz Sabzwari posted, “Proud of you @KarachiKingsARY #mykarachi#myteam – Love more Hate less. Hate more? Still I’d care less.” Adnan Siddiqui called the game an “incredible performance.” He tweeted, “All hail the lions of @KarachiKingsARY! Congratulations, champions of #PSL5. Well-deserved win! What a photo finish match! Kept us on the edge throughout @babarazam258 – man on fire! Incredible performance. Your genius has set the bar high for future players. Atta boy!”