In a lopsided match at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the Mumbai Indians, guided by Rohit Sharma, advanced to the IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 by eliminating the Lucknow Super Giants. The five-time IPL champions won a highly anticipated match to set up a matchup with the defending champion Gujarat Titans.
After their batsmen aided in guiding MI to an above-par 181/8 on the spin-friendly Chepauk pitch, the uncapped India pacer Akash Madhwal ran amok against LSG batsmen and returned with the best figures of 5/5. Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan praised the Uttarakhand fast bowler for his performance in a high-stakes match.
We have never witnessed an uncapped player dominate in a high-stakes match. In his last two outings, Akash Madhwal has taken nine wickets. He deserves all the glory for leading MI to the Qualifier,” said Pathan on Start Sports’ Cricket Live.
Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif praised the right-handed quick’s mastery of his craft and ball control. “Akash Madhwal bowls strong length. His bowling technique resembles that of Mohd Shami and he generates pace off the pitch. What a player he has been recently for Mumbai Indians! Every time he has bowled, he has exhibited the appearance of a seasoned bowler, according to Kaif.
Madhwal, who honed his bowling abilities with tennis-ball cricket, was praised by former India cricketer Ravi Shastri for bowling hard length and being street-smart in the big game.
“Madhwal performed admirably in this game; he bowled wonderfully and with a hard length on a slow Chepauk pitch. He is also a skilled trimmer. Madhwal has demonstrated that she is a street-smart tennis ball cricketer by demonstrating this ability on the grand stage. He is a youthful bowler who learns quickly. Shastri remarked that it was another outstanding effort from this youthful talent.
Suryakumar Yadav, a batting stalwart for the Indian Cricket Team, played another crucial innings in a crucial match. On a difficult Chepauk surface, SKY accurately assessed the pitch’s condition. Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh praised him for the variety of strokes in his batting arsenal and stated that no other batter in the world has a wider hitting range than Suryakumar.
“I can confidently state that no other batsman in the world has Surya’s range and versatility. “The manner in which Surya rebounded after losing the first few matches demonstrates his mental toughness as a player,” said Harbhajan.