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PBKS star Ashutosh Sharma trolls Jasprit Bumrah after terrific 61 runs against MI: 'Was my dream to....'

IPL 2024: After knocking a paddle-swept six off Jasprit Bumrah in the 13th over of the run-chase against Mumbai Indians, PBKS star Ashutosh Sharma said he had practised the shot but did it 'against the world's best bowler'.

Punjab Kings' Ashutosh Sharma plays a shot during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2024, at Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium, in Chandigarh on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (IPL)Premium
Punjab Kings' Ashutosh Sharma plays a shot during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2024, at Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium, in Chandigarh on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (IPL)

Punjab Kings batter Ashutosh Sharma made a sizzling half-century during the IPL 2024 match against Mumbai Indians. One of the remarkable moments of his batting against MI during their IPL 2024 fixture was his paddle-swept six off Jasprit Bumrah in the 13th over of the run chase.

Ashutosh Sharma has been earning praise for his performance despite his team Punjab Kings crashing to a nine-run defeat against Mumbai Indians. On being asked about his half-century after the match, Sharma made a witty remark on Jasprit Bumrah. 

"It was my dream to sweep Bumrah. I had practised this shot but I did it against the world's best bowler," said Sharma.

"It's fine, it is all part of the game," he added.

During the IPL match, MI fixed a target of 193 runs against PBKS. However, the team were bowed out for 183 in 19.1 overs. MI's star bowler Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets.

Ashutosh credited former India player and coach Sanjay Bangar, head of cricket development at PBKS, for his improvement this season.

"Sanjay sir told me that I am not a slogger and that I can play proper cricket shots. It was a small statement but carried a huge meaning for me. I am only following it – I am not a hard-hitter, I am playing proper cricketing shots and that is what has changed my game," Ashutosh said.

"Back home, I was working with my coach Amay Khurasiya who had told me that the longer you stay on the pitch, the more your team has a chance of winning," he added.

The right-handed batter, who made some gestures towards the PBKS dugout after completing his fifty, said the celebrations were meant for his team management.

Punjab slumped to their fifth defeat in seven matches as well as to the ninth spot in the points table, but Ashutosh said his side has been playing well.

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Published: 19 Apr 2024, 03:56 PM IST
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