RR vs LSG: Harbhajan Singh Notes Ayush Badoni's One Quality That Makes Him A Future Star

Published - 10 Apr 2022, 06:52 PM

Ayush Badoni
Ayush Badoni. (Photo: IPL)

Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh acclaimed Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) youngster Ayush Badoni for his incredulous performance in the IPL 2022 so far. The 22-year-old scored 102 runs in four innings at an impressive strike rate of 156.92.

Badoni scored 54 in 41 balls against a formidable bowling attack of Gujarat Titans comprised of  Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson and Rashid Khan on his IPL debut. Badoni played some spectacular shots against the searing pace of Shami and Ferguson and Rashid’s leg-breakers.

Ayush Badoni. Photo-IPL
Ayush Badoni. Photo-IPL

The 22-year-old hit four boundaries and three sixes in his gritty innings before he departed in the final over to Varun Aaron.

You do not get the feeling that this is Ayush Badoni’s debut IPL season: Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan said Badoni’s ability to absorb pressure will make him a big player one day and the former Indian bowler hailed the Delhi youngster’s confidence.

“Ayush Badoni is a very confident player and KL (Rahul) was spot on with his observation when he said that he is very calm and composed. Watching him play you do not get the feeling that this is his debut IPL season.

“He has this quality to absorb pressure which is a sign of a big player and a future star,” Harbhajan said on Star Sports. 

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Generally, youngsters get bogged down when they see a big player in front of them. But Badoni was never intimidated by the reputation of the player he was facing and continued to play his shots.

“He has hit fours and sixes against every big player he’s faced. It shows how good his mindset is. This also shows that these young cricketers have come with a lot of preparation. Badoni has shown a lot of maturity for a youngster,” he added.

Ayush Badoni has shown a very good temperament in his first IPL: Dhawal Kulkarni

Indian pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, who played for Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, appreciated Badoni for his temperament. Kulkarni was impressed with the youngster’s skill to finish matches for his team.

“Ayush has shown a very good temperament in his first IPL. In his debut game when he came to bat, his team was under pressure and he slammed a fifty. In the second game, he helped his team chase down a big total under pressure. He has got all the qualities of becoming a big player one day,” Kulkarni said. 

Lucknow Super Giants will play against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday (April 10) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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