After his mind-boggling spell of 5/5 in the Eliminator of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, Aakash Madhwal has become a household name in the Indian cricket fraternity. Everyone is just going on and on about him and social media users are lavishing him with love and plaudits.
Madhwal engineered a collapse of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) while bowling for Mumbai Indians (MI). The 29-year-old cricketer has unique and interesting background and is an engineer.
His match-winning spell in the LSG vs MI game on 24th May 2023 made sure that Mumbai wins the game by 81 runs. Aakash Madhwal is here to stay and will be a potent force to reckon with in the Mumbai team in the future.
In this article, we take a look at 3 reasons why Aakash Madhwal can be a mainstay bowler of Mumbai Indians in IPL:
1. Support from the captain
In a few interviews of Aakash Madhwal, we have seen him crediting his skipper Rohit Sharma for his fabulous performances. Often in cricket, a good skipper’s backing can make a player unleash all his potential.
In the past as well, Rohit Sharma has unearthed gems like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya and they have all gone on to play for India. Aakash Madhwal has the backing of his skipper and this could be the start of something special for him!
2. Excellent stock of deliveries
Aakash Madhwal has a wide range of good deliveries under his belt and he has often deceived the opposition batters with his good bowling. His yorkers outside the off stump are simply amazing and he has been a force to reckon with in the MI team.
The dismissal of Nicholas Pooran upfront in the very first delivery he faced in the Eliminator also proves that Madhwal is good round the wicket. He came from round the wicket and bowled an exceptional good length ball.
Pooran nicked it straight to wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan and Aakash Madhwal took two back-back deliveries.
3. Ability to play under pressure
Another interesting trait of Aakash Madhwal is his ability to deliver the goods under pressure. This is a great characteristic to have and he proved it in the high-octane Eliminator of IPL 2023.
Playing in front of a packed crowd and in a high-voltage game, Madhwal kept his nerves and produced a stunning performance. He is sure to be a mainstay of Mumbai Indians in the coming years.
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