Akash Madhwal
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Last Update on: May 25th, 2023 at 12:28 pm

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra heaped praise on Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Akash Madhwal for his brilliant bowling against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The Mumbai Indians beat the Lucknow Super Giants by 81 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 Eliminator in Chennai on Wednesday, May 24.

Akash Madhwal bowled a match-winning spell to help the team advance to the “Qualifier 2” match. The right-arm pacer picked up five wickets for just five runs in his 3.3-over spell. The 29-year-old was awarded Player of the Match for his bowling performance, which was the best by any player in the playoff matches of the IPL.

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Akash Madhwal Did An Amazing Job – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra lauded Madhwal’s bowling efforts and picked him as the most valuable player of the game.

“The sky has a lot of stars but this sky is himself a shining star. Akash Madhwal picked up five wickets and gave away only five runs and this five-title-winning team has reached the next stage and will meet the Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 2 in Ahmedabad,” Aakash Chopra said.

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“What a game it was where Naveen-ul-Haq picked up four wickets and Yash Thakur took three wickets, but a guy did a better job than that, he picked a five-wicket haul. Akash Madhwal did an amazing job. Akash Madhwal without a shadow of doubt is my most valuable player,” he added.

Naveen-ul-Haq picked up four wickets for 38 runs, while Yash Thakur took three wickets for 34 runs in the first innings for the Lucknow Super Giants. The LSG pacers restricted the Mumbai Indians to 182 runs in 20 overs.

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He Was Absolutely Stellar – Aakash Chopra

The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that Madhwal will be effective with both new and old balls with his wicket-taking lines.

“What is the specialty of this bowler? He picked up four wickets in the last match where he was hitting the ball on the pads and stumps at the death. He always finishes his ball within the three stumps. Here with the new ball as well. The new ball moves away slightly, so he bowls wicket-taking lines there too,” he continued.

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“Remember, he dismissed Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha as well. Here he dismissed Prerak Mankad and after that, when he came in the middle, the Nicholas Pooran delivery was extremely beautiful. Forget T20, a guy would get out to that ball in a Test match too. He was absolutely stellar and then came later to bowl the ball in the block hole,” he concluded.

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The Mumbai-based franchise will lock horns with the defending champion Gujarat Titans (GT) in the “Qualifier 2” match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday, May 26.

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