IPL 2024
Harshit Rana’s Fiery Send-off To Mayank Agarwal Sparks Controversy
By CricShots - Mar 23, 2024 11:21 pm
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In the thrilling encounter between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL 2024, 22-year-old pacer Harshit Rana showcased his aggressive prowess at the iconic Eden Gardens on Saturday, March 23. Rana’s evolution since the last IPL season was evident in his performance in the opening match of IPL 2024. He displayed impeccable control over his lines and lengths, posing a constant threat to the SRH openers, Mayank Agarwal and Abhishek Sharma.

Harshit Rana
Harshit Rana gave a send-off to Mayank Agarwala

It was in the sixth over that Rana reaped the rewards of his persistence, dismissing the experienced Mayank Agarwal. The dismissal, however, was not the end of the spectacle. Rana’s animated celebration captured the attention of fans worldwide. After sending Agarwal back to the pavilion, Rana unleashed a spirited send-off, punctuated by a flying kiss and an intense stare directed at the departing batsman.

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Mayank Agarwal, who contributed a brisk 32 off 21 deliveries, was visibly taken aback by Rana’s fiery response. While many lauded Rana’s passionate display, cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar expressed dissent.

On-air, Sunil Gavaskar criticized Rana’s conduct, deeming it unnecessary and unsportsmanlike. He emphasized the importance of maintaining decorum on the field, particularly in the age of televised cricket, urging players to celebrate with their teammates without resorting to provocative gestures towards the opposition.

Sunil Gavaskar said, “He should not have done that. Did the batsman do anything to him when he was hitting him for sixes? Cricket can be played without these antics. It’s the age of television. I understand that. Celebrate with your teammates but no need for such antics for the opposition.”

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Despite the controversy surrounding Harshit Rana’s send-off, KKR posted a commanding total of 208/7 on the scoreboard after being put in to bat first. The fireworks were led by the explosive batting display of Andre Russell, who bludgeoned 64 runs off just 25 deliveries. Phil Salt also made a significant contribution with a well-compiled 54 off 40 balls. Additionally, Rinku Singh and Ramandeep Singh chipped in with crucial runs, ensuring a formidable total for the Knight Riders.