T20 World Cup 2024: Rohit Sharma Ajit Agarkar under immense pressure as Yuvraj Singh pushes for Abhishek Sharma's case

Updated - 09 May 2024, 01:42 PM

Yuvraj Singh and Abhishek Sharma
Yuvraj Singh and Abhishek Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

Legendary all-rounder Yuvraj Singh praised Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head following the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) win over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Yuvraj Singh made a bold prediction about Abhishek Sharma's future, following his impressive performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Sunrisers Hyderabad secured a dominant 10-wicket victory over Lucknow Super Giants at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday, May 8. The Pat Cummins-led team moved to the third position with 14 points from 12 games, while LSG remained in the sixth spot with 12 points.

Travis Head scored an unbeaten 89 runs off 30 balls, including eight fours and six sixes. Abhishek added 75 runs off 28 balls, featuring eight fours and six maximums. The batting duo added a 167-run partnership to chase down the Lucknow Super Giants' total of 165 in just 9.4 overs at their home ground.

Thanks To Yuvraj Singh, Brian Lara As Well And My Father - Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma credited Travis Head for his aggressive batting style, stating that he often sets the tone for their partnerships. The 23-year-old batter also expressed gratitude to Yuvraj Singh, Brian Lara, and his father for their unwavering support in his cricketing journey.

"All the credit goes to him (Travis Head). The way he starts against all bowlers... he goes after them from the start and takes the pressure off. The bowlers told us (during the innings break) that it was getting better, but myself and Travis thought it was not doing much. I think the hard work I put in before the tournament is showing now, thanks to Yuvi Paaji, Brian (Lara) as well and my father, who is my first coach," Abhishek said.

Well Played Abhishek Sharma - Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh responded to Abhishek Sharma's gratitude and encouraged the young batter to maintain consistency and patience. Yuvraj stated that an opportunity for Sharma in international cricket is forthcoming.

"Well played @IamAbhiSharma4. Be consistent, be patient! Your time is around the corner! @travishead34 what planet are you batting on, my friend? Unreal!!! #SRHvsLSG #IPL2024," Yuvraj wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Abhishek Sharma has scored 401 runs in 12 matches with an average of 36.45 and a strike rate of 205.64, featuring two half-centuries. His opening partner, Travis Head, is third in the list of highest run-scorers. Head has scored 533 runs in 11 matches with an average of 53.3 and a strike rate of 201.8.

Lucknow Super Giants managed only 57 runs for the loss of three wickets in the initial 10 overs after winning the toss. Skipper KL Rahul scored just 29 runs off 33 balls, including a four and a six. However, Ayush Badoni (55*) and Nicholas Pooran (48*) rescued the Lucknow team with a 99-run partnership.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the top bowler for the Hyderabad team. The right-arm pacer took two wickets for 12 runs in four overs. Skipper Pat Cummins picked up one wicket but conceded 47 runs in his spell.

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