The Grand Finale of IPL 2023 featured a thrilling match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Gujarat Titans (GT), showcasing exceptional batting from both teams. Despite a high-scoring contest where over 400 runs were amassed, GT’s Mohit Sharma stole the spotlight with an outstanding five-wicket haul. Sharma’s fiery spell saw him finish with figures of 5/10 in just 2.2 overs bowled. Reflecting on his performance, the 34-year-old acknowledged the favorable conditions, attributing his success to the skidding ball and the aggressive batting of Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Verma. Humble in victory, Sharma admitted his luck in claiming early wickets. Against Yadav, he adopted a simple plan of sticking to a line within the stumps, avoiding unnecessary experimentation.
“I was a bit lucky to get five wickets so quickly. The ball was skidding nicely, but the way SKY and Tilak were batting we felt the game could slip if they didn’t get out. I had decided that if I am bowling against SKY, I won’t experiment much,”
We had a meeting to plan against Surya: Mohit
Following the match, Mohit Sharma, the Indian pacer, disclosed the existence of a game plan against Suryakumar Yadav. The plan involved bowling length deliveries without excessive experimentation. As a result, Sharma successfully dismissed the prominent Indian batsman, effectively extinguishing any remaining hopes of MI advancing to the finals.
“We had a meeting where we discussed that we mustn’t try too much against Surya. It makes things easier for him. So the idea was to bowl length balls. Even if we get hit for six sixes it doesn’t matter. Because we felt that is the length most difficult for him to play his shots. The match wasn’t over at that stage, but that wicket (Surya’s wicket) meant that we were in the game. There was a big relief to take that wicket.”
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