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Last Update on: May 26th, 2023 at 11:23 am

Akash Madhwal‘s reputation as a bowler has increased manifold after taking Mumbai Indians to Qualifier 2. His spell of 5/5 paved the way for MI to reach a step closer to the IPL 2023 final after beating Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator.

He bowled a spell of 5/5 taking the crucial wickets of Ayush Badoni and Nicholas Pooran as MI won the game by 81 runs and made their way to Qualifier 2. Madhwal’s bowling has garnered praise from former cricketers and experts.

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The likes of Irfan Pathan, Mohammad Kaif, and Ravi Shastri have joined the bandwagon of experts who are in awe of Madhwal’s bowling. Speaking to Star Sports, all of them spoke about what they have liked about the young bowler so far.

Irfan Pathan said that Akash Madhwal deserves all the credit for taking MI to the Qualifiers. He further said that he has not seen an uncapped bowler dominate in an IPL game.

“We have never seen an uncapped player dominate in a high-pressure game. Akash Madhwal has picked up 9 wickets in the last two games. He deserves all the credit for taking MI to the Qualifier,” said Pathan.

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Mohammad Kaif was next in line and said that he bowls the hard length and resembles a lot of Mohammed Shami. He further said that the young bowler has matured with every game.

“Akash Madhwal bowls hard length. His bowling style resembles Shami and gets the zip off the surface. What a player he has been for Mumbai Indians lately. He’s looked like a mature bowler with every game he’s played,” said Kaif.

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It was finally Ravi Shastri’s turn who praised Madhwal for unleashing his tennis ball skills on the big stage. The young bowler had certainly made up for Jasprit Bumrah’s absence from the team.

“Madhwal applied himself in this game brilliantly; he bowled beautifully and bowled the hard length on a slow Chepauk track. He also has a good cutter. Tennis ball cricketers are very street smart and Madhwal has shown that skill on the big stage. He’s a young bowler and a quick learner. It was another superb effort from this young talent,” said Shastri.

Akash Madhwal has taken 13 wickets in seven games this year and will turn up in Qualifier 2 for Mumbai Indians against Gujarat Titans on Friday, May 26.

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