Chennai. Akash Madhwal, who played a key role in Mumbai Indians’ easy 81-run win against Lucknow Supergiants in the Indian Premier League eliminator, does not consider himself a substitute for Jasprit Bumrah and is happy to fulfill the responsibility given by the team.
Uttarakhand’s engineer Madhwal took five wickets for five runs in 3.3 overs on Wednesday night to take Mumbai Indians one step closer to reaching the final. Madhwal said after the match, “I have fulfilled the responsibility given by the team. Trying my best to do it. I am not a substitute for Bumrah but I am trying my best to do what I can.”
The pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai hasn’t helped the fast bowlers much in the current season, but Madhwal revealed what has worked in their favour.
Madhwal said, “Chepak’s wicket was good. You must have noticed that the ball was not stopping but was coming out fast. I am a swing bowler and try to get wickets by bowling difficult lengths.”
Madhwal said that captain Rohit Sharma knows what his strong points are and how to use them. He said, “Rohit knows that yorker is my strong point but during the net sessions and practice matches he realized that “I can bowl with the new ball as well,” Madhwal said, “so he knew how to use me as the situation required.”
Meanwhile, Supergiants fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq said he enjoyed chanting ‘Kohli, Kohli’ at the stadium on Wednesday as it motivated him to do well for his team. Naveen and Royal during the league phase of the ongoing IPL. There was a heated debate between Challengers Bangalore’s star batsman Kohli. Naveen, who took four wickets for 38 runs in the eliminator against Mumbai, said, “I enjoyed it. I like to call him (Virat Kohli) or any other player on the field. It gives me the motivation to do well for my team.”
He said, “I don’t think about external things. I just focus on my cricket and my process. “As a professional player, you have to go with it,” Naveen said. Fans will target you when you don’t do well for your team. When you do well for your team, these are the people who will appreciate you. It’s part of the game.”