Sunrisers Hyderabad’s decision to retain Abhishek Sharma ahead of the 2022 mega auction proved to be a wise one, as the young cricketer delivered outstanding performances in the recent seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL). His contributions extended to the domestic circuit, where he played a crucial role in Punjab’s maiden triumph in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Abhishek Sharma accumulated an impressive 485 runs in ten matches with a remarkable strike rate of 192.46. Despite his consistent performances, the pathway to the national team appears to be a challenging one for Abhishek Sharma. While he made his first-class debut alongside Shubman Gill, who has become a three-format player for India, Sharma is yet to break into the national setup.
The upcoming IPL holds significant importance for him, as a stellar performance could potentially earn him a spot in the national team after the T20 World Cup. Discussing his batting technique, the 23-year-old emphasized his aggressive approach to punishing bad balls, irrespective of the format.
Abhishek Sharma acknowledged Yuvraj Singh as his idol and revealed that Yuvraj made subtle technical adjustments to his batting. Expressing his desire to emulate the legendary cricketer, Sharma highlighted the impact of Yuvraj’s guidance and confidence in boosting his morale.
“The basics are the same. In T20s, you try to score off every ball; in other formats, you have that extra time. But I have a simple philosophy. No matter what the format is, if a ball is there to be hit, I go at it with no half-measures. Whatever technical adjustments I needed were done by Yuvi paaji,” Abhishek Sharma shared with Hindustan Times.
Yuvraj Singh, Sharma’s idol since he began playing cricket, has been a mentor and source of inspiration. Sharma expressed gratitude for Yuvraj’s guidance, emphasizing the confidence boost he receives from their interactions. On and off the field, Sharma considers Yuvraj Singh an invaluable guide.