After a three-year absence, Mohit Sharma made a remarkable comeback to the IPL and emerged as the joint second-highest wicket-taker of the season, claiming 27 scalps in 14 innings at an average of 13.37 and an economy rate of 8.17. The 34-year-old’s outstanding form carried over to the final match, where he dismissed key players such as Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, and Ambati Rayudu.
However, in a disappointing turn of events, Sharma conceded ten runs in the last two balls of the match, allowing CSK to secure their fifth IPL title. Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian cricketer, analyzed the final over and remarked that Sharma executed the first four balls brilliantly, conceding a mere three runs. Unfortunately, a momentary break occurred during the over when he was offered some water, causing a disruption in his rhythm.
Gavaskar’s assessment sheds light on the crucial factor that impacted Sharma’s performance in the match’s decisive moments, emphasizing the significance of maintaining a consistent rhythm and momentum throughout an over.
“He had bowled the first 3-4 delivery absolutely brilliantly. Then, for some strange reason, some water was sent to him. In the middle of the over, some drink was sent to him. Then Hardik Pandya came and spoke with him. You know when a bowler is in that rhythm, and he is mentally also there. Nobody should have said anything to him,”
I do not think that was the right thing to do: Sunil Gavaskar
“Maybe from a distance, they could have just said ‘well bowled’. Going to them, talking to him – I do not think that was the right thing to do. Because suddenly, he was looking here and there. Till then, he was focused, and I do not think what they did was the right idea. Because after that, he went for runs,”
Gavaskar further added.
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