Before yesterday, the name ‘Khawaja Nafay’ resonated primarily within the realm of internet sensations, with his club cricket exploits capturing the attention of avid cricket enthusiasts.

However, during the clash between Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars in PSL 9 Nafay truly announced himself on the grand stage.

In just his second innings for the Gladiators, Nafay exhibited remarkable confidence against the formidable pace attack of the Qalandars.

Undeterred by the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf, Nafay showcased his skill with three sixes and four boundaries.

He finished the match in style with a flick to Zaman Khan that sailed past fine leg boundary for the winning runs with five balls to spare. In a thrilling chase of 188, Nafay scored an unbeaten 60 off 31 balls with only one dot ball during the innings.

Notably, at just 22 years old, Nafay found himself in the spotlight after being picked by the Gladiators in the PSL Draft. Gladiators are known for their keen eye for talent, especially from Karachi and hailing from Orangi Town in Karachi, Nafay was a fitting discovery for the franchise.

Humble beginnings

Khawaja Nafay was playing club cricket in Karachi before, however, his batting exploits first caught the eye of cricketing fanatics during the televised Ramadan tournaments in Karachi.

Having also represented the Overseas Warriors in the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), Nafay ventured into the international cricketing arena with a stint in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Chattogram Challengers.

Although his impact there was fleeting, his fans eagerly awaited his performance on the PSL stage and yesterday he treated the fans with his batting prowess.

Khawaja Nafay receives praise from cricket fraternity

Nafay’s stellar performance reverberated across social media platforms, drawing fans and cricketing luminaries accolades.

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