(Cricket news) In a highly anticipated match, the five-time IPL champions checked off every need to set up a match against the reigning champion Gujarat Titans. After MI’s hitters made significant contributions to lead MI to an above-par score of 181-8 on the spin-friendly Chepauk track, rookie Indian bowler Akash Madhwal destroyed LSG’s batters and finished with the best figures of 5-5.
Irfan Pathan, a former cricketer for India, praised the Uttarakhand seamer for putting on such a show in a crucial match. Speaking on Start Sports’ Cricket Live, Irfan Pathan said, “We have never seen an uncapped player dominate in a high-pressure game. Akash Madhwal has picked up 9 wickets in the last two games. He deserves all the credit for taking MI to the Qualifier.”
Mohammed Kaif, a former cricketer for India, praised the right-arn fast for his skill and command of the cricket ball. Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, Md Kaif said, “Akash Madhwal bowls hard length. His bowling style resembles Mohd Shami and gets the zip off the surface. What a player he has been for Mumbai Indians lately. He’s looked like a matured bowler with every game he’s played.”
Former India cricketer Ravi Shastri praised Madhwal for bowling hard length and being a street smart bowler in the big game. Madhwal honed his bowling abilities with tennis-ball cricket. Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, Ravi Shastri said, “Madhwal applied himself in this game brilliantly, he bowled beautifully and bowled the hard length on a slow Chepauk track. He also has a good cutter. Tennis ball cricketers are very street smart and Madhwal has shown that skill on the big stage. He’s a young bowler and a quick learner. It was another superb effort from this young talent.”
Suryakumar Yadav, MI’s go-to batsman, contributed another significant run in a crucial game. SKY accurately assessed the pitch conditions on the difficult Chepauk surface. Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh praised SKY for the variety of blows in his batting arsenal, saying no other batsman in the world has a better hitting range than Suryakumar Yadav. Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, Harbhajan Singh said, “I can say with confidence that no other batsman in the world has the range and variety of Surya. The way Surya came back with a bang after failing in the initial matches proves how mentally strong he is as a player.”
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