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Arif Yaqoob Joins Elite Club of Bowlers With Five-Wicket Hauls in PSL History

Peshawar Zalmi leg-spinner Arif Yaqoob has now entered an elite club after his five-wicket haul against Islamabad United on Monday, winning the game for his side by 8 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The dramatic penultimate over of Arif Yaqoob turned the game completely as the spinner dominated the proceedings with his controlled line and length which resulted in four wickets during the 19th over.

Arif Yaqoob has now become the 13th bowler in Pakistan Super League (PSL) history to get a 5 wicket haul and he is only the second bowler from Peshawar Zalmi to achieve this feat.

Only Shaheen Shah Afridi has 2 five-wicket hauls in the competition’s history while 11 Pakistani bowlers have registered fifers in the competition with two foreign signings like Ravi Bopara and Rashid Khan are also included in the list.

Shahid Khan Afridi was the only Zalmi player apart from Arif Yaqoob who took a five-wicket haul in PSL history.

Here is the list of 5-wicket hauls in PSL history:


Sr. Name Team Opposition Date Figures
1 Ravi Bopara Karachi Kings Lahore Qalandars 12 Feb 2016 6/16
2 Shahid Afridi Peshawar Zalmi Quetta Gladiators 14 Feb 2016 5/7
3 Mohammad Sami Islamabad United Karachi Kings 20 Feb 2016 5/8
4 Umar Gul Multan Sultans Quetta Gladiators 7 Mar 2018 6/24
5 Shaheen Afridi Lahore Qalandars Multan Sultans 9 Mar 2018 5/4
6 Faheem Ashraf Islamabad United Lahore Qalandars 9 Mar 2019 6/19
7 Rashid Khan Lahore Qalandars Peshawar Zalmi 10 Jun 2021 5/20
8 Naseem Shah Quetta Gladiators Karachi Kings 29 Jan 2022 5/20
9 Shadab Khan Islamabad United Quetta Gladiators 3 Feb 2022 5/28
10 Ihsanullah Multan Sultans Quetta Gladiators 15 Feb 2023 5/12
11 Shaheen Afridi (2) Lahore Qalandars Peshawar Zalmi 26 Feb 2023 5/40
12 Abbas Afridi Multan Sultans Quetta Gladiators 11 Mar 2023 5/47
13 Arif Yaqoob Peshawar Zalmi Islamabad United 26 Feb 2024 5/27


The Zalmi leg-spinner was picked up in the silver category of the draft picks in December of last year and has proved to be lethal for Babar Azam’s men as he took three wickets against Multan Sultans in over and a fifer against Islamabad United, winning two matches out of nowhere.

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