After a group stage exit in 2018 and 2019, Multan Sultans claimed their maiden PSL title in the sixth edition. They were brilliant in the 2020 season but could not reach the final. However, they made a remarkable turnaround in the 2021 edition and despite losing four of their first five games, managed to clinch the title. Multan Sultans have won 13 of the 22 completed matches since the 2020 edition and have a win percentage of 59.09 – the highest by any team in these two seasons.
Multan’s win in the PSL 6 means that the league, which is into its sixth year has seen five different winners – Islamabad United (2016 & 2018), Peshawar Zalmi (2017), Quetta Gladiators (2019), Karachi Kings (2020) and Multan Sultans (2021).
Despite failing to bag the title, Zalmi have been the most consistent team of PSL. They have reached the finals of the tournament on four occasions (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021). Zalmi are also the second team that has reached the playoffs on every occasion. Karachi Kings is the other team.
Babar Azam ended the PSL 6 as the highest run-getter with 554 runs. In the process, he broke his own record of 473 runs, the highest by any player in the 2020 season. Babar also became the first batsman to score 2000 runs in the PSL.
Most runs in each edition of HBL PSL
2021: Babar Azam (554)
2020: Babar Azam (473)
2019: Shane Watson (430)
2018: Luke Ronchi (435)
2017: Kamran Akmal (353)
2016: Umar Akmal (335)
The sixth edition of the PSL 6 witnessed an overall run rate of 8.67, the highest for any season. It surpassed the 2020 edition that had seen a run rate of 8.60. This was also the third-highest for any T20 competition in the last year with only Lanka Premier League (8.67) and the National T20 (8.93) – another Pakistan competition – ahead of it.
As many as 440 sixes were hit in the tournament, the highest in any season. Also, the boundary count of fours (1012) exceeded 1000 for the first time.
Multan Sultans’ Shahnawaz Dhani had a fantastic run in the PSL 6 and picked up 20 wickets. This is the first instance when a player from an emerging category ended with 20 wickets. The previous record was 15 wickets by the Kings’ left-arm spinner Umer Khan in 2019. Shahnawaz’s tally of 20 wickets is the third-highest for any bowler in PSL history.
Islamabad United’s score of 247 against Peshawar Zalmi is the highest total in T20 by any team from Pakistan, breaking Karachi Dolphins’ record of 243 runs against Lahore Whites in the National T20 Cup in 2010. Islamabad United’s inning was powered by Usman Khawaja’s breathtaking hundred, who became the first captain to score a hundred in PSL. In the same match, Zalmi scored 232 in reply, taking the match aggregate to 479, which is the highest in PSL history, breaking 427 runs in a match between United and Lahore Qalandars in Karachi in 2019.