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Left-arm spinner Umer Khan went from being a completely unknown player to becoming a household name following his incredible performance for the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Umer was one of the young players that stole the spotlight during the tournament as he was the joint fourth-highest wicket-taker with 15 victims at an average of 16.13.
Since the PSL, the 19-year-old Rawalpindi native has garnered a lot of attention, both from the media and in hometown.
“It’s a strange feeling and obviously one that I am enjoying too,” he told PakPassion. “Before I played for Karachi Kings, not too many people knew about my bowling or even recognised my face. But all that has changed now. In fact, when I was on my way to the UAE to play in the initial stages of the PSL, all the people would ignore me and move towards the well-known players but on the way back, it was a completely different situation.
“Throughout my journey back home, I was recognised and so much respect was given to me that all I can do is thank the Almighty that He has bestowed His mercies on me.
“My success is obviously a matter of great pride for my family as well and they are very pleased too. When I arrived home, I was given a great welcome not only by my family but from the people of my area as I am the first person to have reached such a high level of cricket from the locality and that is a great honour for everyone.
“I am also getting a lot of meal invites after my success so that is an added bonus!”