Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan hailed Rohit Sharma for marshalling his troops nicely regardless of lacking among the key gamers.
Rohit additionally obtained plaudits for the best way he lead his staff in IPL 2023 as a result of nobody actually counted the five-time champions as favourites within the competitors after a shaky begin. Akash Madhwal’s scorching maiden five-wicket haul (5/5), a group of impactful batting cameos coupled with an electrical fielding efficiency helped Mumbai Indians beat Lucknow Super Giants by 81 runs within the Eliminator and cruise into Qualifier 2 of the IPL 2023.
Impactful attacking cameos from Cameron Green (41 off 23), Suryakumar Yadav (33 off 20), Tilak Varma (26 off 22) and Impact Player Nehal Wadhera (23 off 12) propelled Mumbai Indians to a aggressive 182/8.
Akash Madhwal then took the centre stage on the large stage with a deadly spell of 5/5 to tear via LSG’s batting order because the Krunal Pandya-led facet succumbed underneath stress to get bowled out for 101 which included three run-outs.
Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, Irfan Pathan stated, “Rohit Sharma has delivered once again for Mumbai Indians. He was faced with a crisis at the start of the competition when key pacer Jasprit Bumrah was out. Jofra Archer struggled with his form and fitness but this captain marshalled his troops well. He first guided MI to the eliminator and then took his team to the Qualifiers with his astute captaincy.”
The stage is ready for the much-awaited Qualifier 2 within the IPL 2023 after Mumbai Indians booked the seat with their complete win over Lucknow Super Giants in Eliminator.
The five-time IPL champions will lock horns with the defending champions within the penultimate match of this season. Both groups who’re lined up with potential match-winners shall be raring to win and arrange the summit conflict with Chennai Super Kings on Sunday (May 26).
Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh claimed Mumbai Indians are such a pressure on this match due to a captain like Rohit, who may be very approachable as a skipper.
“Rohit Sharma is a very chilled-out captain. He is a very approachable captain even for the youngsters. He never carries that ego and youngsters can reach out to him anytime. He loves spending time with uncapped players. He’s someone who hasn’t taken success to his head, he’s very humble and shows a lot of respect to the senior players. This humility makes Rohit a great player,” Harbhajan Singh stated.
Gujarat Titans misplaced to Chennai Super Kings within the first Qualifier however they are going to be arriving at their stronghold in Ahmedabad for the second Qualifier. Harbhajan Singh believes the presence of senior India pacer Mohammed Shami makes GT robust opponent for even a staff like MI.
“Mohd Shami is a bowler every team looks to have. He’s a good new-ball bowler. He nails quick Yorkers in the death overs. He has a brilliant seam position and becomes an unplayable bowler when there’s swing,” Harbhajan added.
Harbhajan Singh additionally hailed star Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan for his all-round efficiency within the IPL 2023.
“Rashid Khan is a player from a different league. He’s picking up wickets in heaps, he’s scoring runs, he’s a gun fielder, and he lead GT whenever captain Hardik wasn’t available. He’s done everything and excelled. GT are exceptionally lucky to have a player like Rashid in their ranks.”
Former Australia cricketer Aaron Finch additionally lauded ‘world-class’ bowler Rashid Khan and captain Hardik Pandya for utilising his sources fantastically.
“GT are a strong team to beat because they have a world-class bowler in Rashid Khan. They have a good captain in Hardik Pandya, who’s shown a lot of maturity. Thirdly, their fast bowling attack is also balanced,” Aaron Finch stated.