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Following his brilliant performance in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 final, Islamabad United’s all-rounder Imad Wasim said he is fit and can play for another four to five years.

“I think I’m happy playing cricket, I’m fit and trying to contribute as much as possible. I’ve four-five years of cricket left in me,” Imad said after the match.

Commenting on the enthralling final, Imad stated that the United should have achieved the total an over earlier and lauded Hunain Shah for displaying nerves of steel.

“We should have finished the match one over earlier. Hunain Shah kept his nerves and smashed a boundary on the last ball of the inning.”

Notably, the left-arm spinner had a brilliant outing for the United in the blockbuster final against 2021 champions Multan Sultans, becoming the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul in the tournament’s final.

At the back of his bowling exploits, the two-time champions United managed to restrict the Sultans on 159/9 in the allotted overs.

Imad Wasim had a dream start to his bowling spell as he removed in-form opener Yasir Khan (6) on the third delivery of his first over.

He was then hit for a six by David Willey (6) but hit back on the next delivery by castling the batter.

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He then conceded a mere six runs in his next over before being brought back into the attack by Shadab Khan in the 12th over of the innings.

The left-arm spinner struck straightaway, removing the hard-hitting batter Johnson Charles (4).

Coming back into the attack for his final over, Imad Wasim put Islamabad United in complete control with a ruthless bowling display.

He dismissed Khushdil Shah (11) and Chris Jordan (0) to complete his five-wicket haul before Abbas Afridi got run out in the same over, bringing the Sultans down to 127/9 in 17 overs.

For the unversed, Imad has emerged as one of the key players for the United, showcasing his all-round brilliance in important matches.

He played a match-winning cameo against Multan Sultans in Islamabad United’s last group-stage fixture, propelling the two-time champions into the PSL 9 Playoffs.

Imad then bamboozled Quetta Gladiators in the Eliminator with magnificent bowling figures of 3/12 before playing a match-winning 59-run knock in the second Eliminator against Peshawar Zalmi.

READ: Shadab named player of PSL 9 as United dominate awards

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