Madhwal’s miserly spell helped his side defend a competitive total of 182 as it made its way to Qualifier 2 against Gujarat Titans.
Mumbai Indians attachment Akash Madhwal’s record- breaking five- gate haul helped the five- time champion overcome Lucknow Super titans without breaking a sweat in the IPL 2023 Eliminator match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
With a commanding 81- run palm pushing it forward to the Qualifier 2 hassle against the Gujarat elephants, MI’ll back the position- headed Madhwal to step up after he registered the first five- for (five for five) in a Playoffs match, apropos also the common-stylish numbers ever by an Indian in the event.
The new recruit from Mumbai’s classic troop of unheralded Indian gift, Madhwal has surfaced as captain Rohit Sharma’s interim answer to forefront Jasprit Bumrah’s absence.
“It’s not like I’ve taken up Bumrah bhai’s spot. I’m just trying to perform to the fullest. I’ve a slightly slinging action, so I was pitching the ball on hard lengths to prize lattices, ” Madhwal said in the post-match press conference after speeding the Super titans for the smallest Playoffs total( 101).
A net bowler with MI last time, Madhwal said his performances in practice games ultimately landed him a deal as a relief for an injured Suryakumar Yadav towards the ending stages of Mumbai’s disappointing IPL 2022 crusade. He was one of MI’s 16 retained players for this edition.
“I first joined Royal contenders Bangalore in 2019 as a net bowler before being a net bowler with MI and entering a contract. I was picked up only before the last two matches when Surya bhai was injured. I had a clear communication that I wouldn’t get an occasion also. But I was told to continue the good work that I ’ve been doing and that chances would come coming time, ” Madhwal said.
Handed the limited- overs captaincy of Uttarakhand from the 2022- 23 domestic season, the 29- time-old Madhwal said the leadership stint has helped to ameliorate his on- field nous. “ Captaining wasn’t an easy task. Your workload increases. I wasn’t overwhelmed, but I had a lot to learn from the experience. before, I used to view the game only as a bowler. But as a captain, I’ve come logical of the conditions. It has bettered my game, ” he said.
While Madhwal has frequently sailed in the alternate half of the innings in the former six matches, Rohit used him in the Power Play against Lucknow. The right- arm leader initiated the collapse, removing LSG nature Prerak Mankad after conceding only two runs in the alternate over.
Delivering the captain’s understanding of his skillset, Madhwal said, “ Rohit bhaiya knew my strength is my yorker. He has used me in positions where the platoon has needed me. Besides that in the nets, I’ve been doing well with the new ball, and moment he allowed
I was ready to do the job outspoken. The credit for keeping me calm also goes to him. ”
Madhwal’s five- time trip to the IPL through the Uttarakhand platoon with a background in tennis ball justice has restated into his tidied operation in the death overs. “ I’ve worked hard to get then — I completed engineering, left a job latterly, and now I’m just following my passion. I don’t come from a fat background. When you enjoy your passion, you’re naturally stupefied out. There’s no burden on me that I’ve to play justice. I’m doing it because it’s my passion, ” Madhwal said. Know More IPL News…