The 2021 edition of Pakistan Super League resumed on Wednesday in style as Lahore Qalandars’ new-signing James Faulkner joined the action straightaway. The veteran Aussie all-rounder was welcomed with a boundary and a six in his very first over and was put on the backfoot. However, Faulkner used all the experience behind his back and responded with another seam up delivery which went on to crash the stumps of Munro, giving the Aussie his maiden wicket of PSL 6. Although the 31-year-old did concede 14 runs in the over, the captain would be happy as he provided the all-important breakthrough, getting rid of the dangerous Munro.
Watch Faulkner’s maiden PSL wicket here:
— Daniyal Mirza (@Danitweets__) June 9, 2021
Fans confuse Faulkner with Warner
While James Faulkner was in absolute lethal form with his variations, there was one more aspect that left the fans in surprise. As the Islamabad United batsmen failed to pick up his slower ones, the netizens got deceived by his new look as they confused him with his Aussie teammate David Warner. Actually, the moustache of the all-rounder gave him a very similar resemblance to the former SRH skipper as fans pointed it out on Twitter.
— 𝓢𝓮𝓱𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓱 🇵🇰 (@itsmeSehrish) June 9, 2021
David Warner is that you? pic.twitter.com/ittjX4IkUJ
— . (@imlaiba_) June 9, 2021
Fans hail Faulkner for his dream opening spell
The 31-year-old continued his brilliant spell of bowling as he also dismissed Rohail Nazir and Shadab Khan, ending the powerplay with figures of 3-0-23-3. The Lahore Qalandars’ fans were absolutely delighted with his fantastic start in the tournament and praised him in their own style. While some compared him to legendary Wasim Akram, the others suggested that he could also get an IPL contract with this spell of bowling.
Check out the tweets:
Faulk-Na Kar 🤦♂️#LQvIU
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) June 9, 2021
This James Faulkner spell has been fantastic. Bowling on powerplay in UAE, could be a hot pick for teams when they look for options as replacements in #IPL2021
— Anshul Gupta (@oyegupta_) June 9, 2021
James Faulkner supremacy. What a signing already.
— Haroon (@ThisHaroon) June 9, 2021
People even forgot there used to be a Cricketer named James Faulkner & look how he is running through the top order of IU 🤣🤣🤣
— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) June 9, 2021
James Faulkner na to islamabad united ko hila ka rakh dia 😂#PSL6
— Maddy ㋡ | Free 🇵🇸 (@immaddy08) June 9, 2021
JAMES FAULKNER TODAY pic.twitter.com/X7qORITXWI
— ϯαηѵεεɾ // #FreePalestine 🇵🇸 (@KindaSabrful) June 9, 2021