Sharma, who revitalized his career with the Gujarat Titans after being sidelined due to a back injury, continued his impressive comeback by producing a remarkable bowling display. He claimed remarkable figures of 5/10 from just 2.2 overs, effectively demolishing the formidable batting line-up of Mumbai Indians.
Gujarat Titans beat Mumbai Indians to reach IPL final
Sharma’s exceptional performance played a significant role in Gujarat Titans’ victory, as he took crucial wickets and created a turning point in the match. His contributions were instrumental in the team’s success, allowing them to secure their spot in the IPL final.
Sharma’s journey, from overcoming injury setbacks to delivering match-winning performances, exemplifies his determination and skill as a seasoned campaigner. His efforts have been vital to the Gujarat Titans’ progress in the tournament and have significantly contributed to their quest for the IPL title.
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“I was lucky to have taken a quick five-for. Ball was skidding well even in the chase, looked like game will slip when SKY and Tilak got going,” Mohit said at the presentation ceremony.
After Tilak Varma (43; 14 balls) and Cameron Green (30; 20 balls) gave MI a flying start, Suryakumar went all guns blazing in a 38-ball 61 as they looked on course in their stiff 234-run chase.
However, Suryakumar’s dismissal triggered a collapse and from 155/4 in 14.2 overs, MI folded for 171 in 18.2 overs.
The 2014 Purple Cap winner with Chennai Super Kings revealed it was about sticking to the basics when Suryakumar was on a roll.
Suryakumar just hit a six and he was trying to follow it up with another as Mohit came up with a full-length ball that outfoxed the batter.
Suryakumar missed the ball completely on the leg side and it crashed onto his leg-stump after taking a deflection off his pads.
“I thought I wouldn’t experiment when SKY’s batting as that’s what we studied ahead of the game. We were okay being hit for six sixes off length balls as that’s more difficult,” said the seamer, who has played 26 ODIs and 8 T20Is, including two World Cups.
It has been a dream journey for Mohit who had to restart his career at GT after being out of IPL contract for two seasons in 2021 and 2022.
Having missed the first three matches this season, Mohit has jumped to third spot in the leading wicket takers’ tally with 24 dismissals from 13 matches, at an astonishing average of 13.54.
“Match wasn’t over after SKY was out but there was relief and we were at comfort. The game wasn’t over till the last ball, we’ve learned in the past that it’s not over till then,” added Mohit, who last played for India eight years ago.
(With PTI inputs)