From RCB Net Bowler to IPL Hero: Akash Madhwal Shines for MI
By CricShots - May 25, 2023 7:52 pm
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Mumbai Indians cruised to a comfortable victory over Lucknow Super Giants in the 2023 Indian Premier League. After posting an impressive score of 182/8 in 20 overs, the Mumbai Indians bowled out the Super Giants for a meager 101, thanks to the exceptional performance of uncapped Indian pacer Akash Madhwal. Madhwal delivered a remarkable spell, finishing with figures of 5/5 in 3.3 overs, a feat that equaled the record set by legendary spinner Anil Kumble for the most economical five-wicket haul in IPL history.

Akash Madhwal
Akash Madhwal bowled a phenomenal pell

Madhwal made an immediate impact by claiming the first breakthrough in the Super Giants’ innings, dismissing Prerak Mankad for 6. In his second spell, he struck again, removing the dangerous Ayush Badoni (1). Remarkably, in the same over, Madhwal dismissed Nicholas Pooran for a golden duck, putting the Super Giants on the backfoot.

Further contributing to the team’s dominance, Madhwal was involved in two run-outs in the 13th and 15th overs, before claiming the wickets of Ravi Bishnoi (1) and Mohsin Khan (duck) to wrap up the innings.

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Deservedly, Madhwal was named the player of the match and shared his journey during the post-match press conference. He revealed his past as a net bowler for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2019, and despite joining the Mumbai Indians, he had only played practice games in the initial year. Madhwal emphasized the importance of proving oneself in practice matches as a net bowler and expressed gratitude to the team for recognizing his potential and providing him with opportunities.

Akash Madhwal
Akash Madhwal

Regarding the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer from the team, Madhwal stated that he focused on fulfilling his responsibilities rather than feeling the pressure of replacing them. He acknowledged that captain Rohit Sharma understood his strengths, including his ability to bowl yorkers and perform well with the new ball.

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Madhwal appreciated Rohit’s strategic usage of him based on the match situation. With a relaxed and composed mindset, he expressed his enjoyment of pursuing his passion for cricket and his commitment to giving his best for the team.

In summary, Akash Madhwal’s exceptional performance played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians’ victory, and his journey from a net bowler to a match-winning player was a testament to his dedication and talent.