By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |
Every year for the past 3 years PSL has proven to truly be in a ‘League of its own’ may it be the level of competition, spirit of the game, excitement in the air and breathtaking performances by possibly the best raw talent on display which makes it for a mouth watering prospect.
Since the inception of time Armies have walked into their respective battlegrounds singing and chanting their battle cries and marching to the beat of their own drum.
A war anthem is an essential part of the makeup and development of a team, Who could forget the war of 1965 where the artists and singers of Pakistan along with the nation fought alongside the Pak army helping them keep a much larger opponent, India at bay.
Perhaps the most Iconic melody to come out of that episode was Madam Noor Jehan’s ‘Aye Watan kay Sajeelay Jawano’.
The soldiers are on record stating that they were invigorated and rejuvenated whenever patriotic songs played on the radio and felt like taking on the world, such was the effect of the powerful voices, melodies and lyricism of that time.
Pakistan Army also has a distinct War Anthem of its own which in my estimation is the most unique and distinct out of all other countries.
Another world renowned military band and anthem comes from our brothers near Bosphorus, Turkey. Their Military band ‘Mehter’ is sure to send shivers down the enemies spine, It also holds the distinction of being the oldest Military bands in existence.
Now on to a bit more friendlier of a battle ground, The cricket field.
Emotions are at an all time high, the adrenaline is pumping, the air of expectation is palpable, the crowd is charged and ready, it is shaping up to be a one hell of a series of encounters for the coveted PSL trophy, the crescendo has been build and now it’s the job of the players to go and play some exhilarating cricket.
For the past 3 years all the franchises have put out a new anthem to charge and motivate their players, this year is no different, here I will try and rank the anthems this year according to my personal preference.
First up, It’s Multan Sultans, the newest addition to the otherwise 5 team event, Multan is the most expensive team purchased this year, captained by the Wily veteran Shoaib Malik and coached by the legendary Waseem Akram, this is how their team anthem sounds like…
Next up is the Inaugural PSL winners, Islamabad United lead by the evergreen Misbah Ul Haq coached by the meticulous former Australian Captain Dean Jones and the legendary Waqar Younis, Misbah and team have one simple question for the other teams in the competition, ‘Kitna Rola Daley Ga?’
Up next is Karachi Kings, perhaps the team with the most media presence and mass appeal out of all the others with one of the biggest Pakistani Media Houses at the helm of its affairs, the team is lead by the young and vibrant Imad Wasim who was given the crown of captaincy by Shahid Afridi as he wanted the younger talent to hone their craft at a respected event, ‘trial by fire’ as it is called, The team is coached by Pakistan National Team’s coach, Mickey Arthur. Shahid ‘Lala’ Afridi also showed his vocal chops in the musical presentation.
The Underdogs, the team making a name for itself by sheer shock and awe and are simply a joy to watch lead by the Pakistan National team’s enthusiastic leader Sarfaraz Ahmed under the mentorship of perhaps one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of boots, Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, Quetta Gladiators is one team to watch out for, this team has a unique distinction of being the Finalists of both PSL events in the past.
Perhaps the most unfortunate side of the PSL since it’s inception has been Lahore Qalandars, led by the swashbuckling and fearsome Brendon McCullum and coached by Aaqib Javed, perhaps the most unique out of all the anthems released this year, the owner of the Qalandars team Fawad Rana sang the anthem of it’s team hoping for a miraculous turn of events this year, and I have to say… not bad, not bad at all.
Now for the defending Champions, lead by the Inspirational Darren Sammy and coached by Muhammad Akram, You might be wondering that this is a rankings blog and I am yet to rate or rank any of the anthems, the reason for that is quite simple and as follows, Zalmi has blown all anthems of the past and present into smithereens, perhaps the only anthem that comes close to the mastery of Call (the band) is the first Anthem of Karachi Kings in the Inaugural edition of PSL sung by Ali Azmat.
Now just, sit back and relax and let the music give you the Goosebumps and jitters, perhaps the absolutely best Team anthem till date, all else is secondary…. HUM ZALMI.