Coach Ashish Nehra, who led the Indian Premier League to victory in 2022, reflected on Matthew Wade’s tenure with the Gujarat Titans in the IPL after his game-winning innings against India on Tuesday, 20 September.
Wade battled during the Indian Premier League, but he gained crucial experience that benefited him against India on Tuesday at Mohali, as per Nehra.
After the Australian squad briefly collapsed, Wade delivered an explosive 21-ball 45-run knock that helped his team victory alongside newcomer Tim David.
“Matthew Wade had a challenging season. When he plays for Australia, he bats at 5 or 6, as opposed to opening and batting at 3. I recall him hitting Shaheen Afridi for two sixes at the T20 World Cup the previous year” Nehra said on Cricbuzz.
“He used a lap shot or play through midwicket today. However, the two strokes he made today—one against Harshal Patel in which he waited for a slower ball and hit it hard at square leg—came with experience” Nehra said.
Green had laid the foundation for Australia’s win: Ashish Nehra
Youngster Cameron Green’s 61-run opening debut blast to end India’s attack set up the game, but the Australians still had a lot of work to do after losing three wickets in two overs.
“Green had laid the foundation for Australia’s victory, but a great finish was still required. Wade appeared to have guided them to victory even if the target had been 218,” Ashish Nehra added.
“I would not be surprised if Cameron Green played at 5-6.” Similarly, you would not be surprised if Wade had started for Australia. That is the trouble with T20 batting orders. It all comes down to what and when a player clicks. “When Wade puts on the Australian jersey and bats further down the order, he makes good use of his expertise,” Ashish Nehra said.
In the T20I format, Matthew Wade has long been important for Australia’s back end. In the 2021 T20 World Cup, Wade and Marcus Stoinis repeatedly saved the team, ultimately leading to a winning campaign.