Uncapped Indian pacer Akash Madhwal was key in Mumbai Indians’ 81-run win over Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 Eliminator match on Wednesday (May 24). Engineer-turned-cricketer Madhwal rocked LSG’s star-studded batting lineup with his pace, ending with incredible figures of 5/5 in 3.3 overs for five-time IPL winners MI in their must-win game. Consequently, Lucknow Super Giants, who were chasing 182/8 for the win, were bundled up on just 101. The 29-year-old made his Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. Playing his first IPL season, the talented youngster has so far taken 13 wickets in seven matches.
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Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s magical words of appreciation for Akash Madhwal
In a video uploaded by Mumbai Indians official YouTube channel, franchise’s co-owner Nita Ambani requested Sachin Tendulkar if he could deliver a short speech following win over LSG. During his speech, Tendulkar made sure to praise Madhwal for his bowling heroics, calling his performances “incredible.”
“Greeny and Surya’s partnership set the platform for us. 182 on this big ground, was a good total. The wicket played differently compared to the last game, but when we went out to field, it was as if we were defending 145. That kind of fielding standards were set. It was incredible,” Tendulkar said in the dressing room speech.
“I thought that was one of the reasons Badoni played that shot (in the 10th over against Madhwal), and to me, that was the turning point of the game. Yes, Krunal’s wicket was important, but those two wickets in the over, you forced him to play that shot. Few dot shots and he went across the line. To me, that was the turning point. Everyone chipped in. (turning towards Akash Madhwal) Incredible, Madhwal. Continue the good work,” Tendulkar further said.