Mumbai Indians face Gujarat Titans Today (May 26) in IPL 2023 Qualifier match. Mumbai Indians pacer Akash Madhwal has turned heads in the Indian Premier League 2023. Madhwal became the first player in the tournament’s history to pick a 5-wicket-haul in the play-offs stages against Lucknow Super Giants.
Mumbai Indians pacer Madhwal also matched the legendary Anil Kumble for the figure of most-economical five-wicket in the IPL. Madhwal’s achievements in his debut season in the Indian Premier League is the stuff of dreams, but like numerous others, the pacer had humble beginnings.
Till 2018, Madhwal was a tennis ball bowler, who terrorised the local leagues near Roorkee – his hometown. Not just his brother and mother, but the entire town of Dhandhera was celebrating Akash Madhwal’s historic spell in the Eliminator.
The Madhwal house in Dhandhera had visitors aplenty on Thursday morning as the locals walked up to Ashish, Akash’s brother, to congratulate him. According to Ashish, the MI star is banned from playing cricket in his hometown due to his exceptional skills.
Akash, who primarily played tennis ball cricket, had become too good for the local level, and people were afraid to face him. As a result, he was banned from local tournaments. “Nobody let him play local cricket. There was a lot of fear of his bowling.
So, he was banned from the local tournaments. Dar ka mahoul tha(there was fear all around). Akash used to go outside of Roorkee and play,” said Ashish. Ashish is now overjoyed to witness his brother’s increasing popularity throughout the country.
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He attributes this success to the guidance and support of MI skipper, Rohit Sharma, who has helped Akash take a significant step forward in his career. “Rohit trusts his players and backs them up to the hilt. A new player is always scared for his position in the team. However, Rohit took away that scare and Akash is delivering now,” said Ashish.
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ujarat Titans will face Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 match the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. The winner of the match will face Chennai Super Kings in the final at the same venue on Sunday.
GT Predicted Playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Josh Little.