Jitesh Sharma, the wicket-keeper batter from Vidarbha who is playing for Punjab Kings’ in the Indian Premier League made his debut in the cash-rich league against Chennai Super Kings the other day.
Jitesh Sharma was impressive both in front of the wicket and behind it. He scored a valuable 26 runs off 17 balls in the middle and proved his captains’ word right.
MS Dhoni Impressed By Leg Movements Of Jitesh Sharma
Jitesh Sharma has been in the domestic circuit for some time now, but playing for Vidarbha did not help him as he remained under the radar. He was also with the Mumbai Indians set for a while but he never got to play in the IPL.
In his first game against CSK, he showed his class with the bat as he made his intentions pretty clear as soon as he came out to bat.
Behind the wickets he took a fantastic catch to dismiss MS Dhoni, arguably India’s best ever wicket-keeper.
He caught the ball and appealed but the on-field umpire gave it not out. He asked his captain to go for a review straight away. His decision to go for the review was spot on as the ultra edge showed a spike and Dhoni was declared out.
In a conversation with Star Sports before Punjab Kings’ against Gujarat Titans, Jitesh Sharma said: “I heard a wooden sound in the last game and I asked the captain to take the DRS because I was confident.”
He further added: “I personally spoke to MS Dhoni and he told me that my glovework and my leg movements are very good, and said I would improve day by day.”
He also said that he wants to contribute to the Kings in any way possible for them to win the tournament. Jitesh in his most recent outing against Gujarat Titans scored 23 runs off 11 balls.
Punjab Kings would hope that their new recruit would continue this top form going ahead in the tournament.