Akash Madhwal Creates History Against LSG; Shatters Plethora Of Records
Akash Madhwal broke the backbone of LSG batting line-up (IPLT20.com)
Akash Madhwal emerged as a true hero for Mumbai Indians (MI) during the IPL 2023 Eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Wednesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The right-arm quick produced a bowling masterclass that will forever be etched in the minds of the cricketing enthusiasts.
With Mumbai Indians defending a challenging total of 182, the right-arm speedster unleashed a sensational spell of fast bowling that left the opposition in disarray. Madhwal's fiery deliveries proved to be the undoing of Lucknow batters, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, and Prerak Mankad.
While his fourth wicket came in the form of Ravi Bishnoi, the zenith of Madhwal's exceptional performance arrived when he unleashed a precise yorker that dismantled Mohsin Khan's defenses, securing his maiden T20 5-wicket haul and propelling the Mumbai Indians to a resounding victory. Astoundingly, Madhwal conceded a mere five runs throughout his breathtaking spell.
As a result of his incredible spell, the 29-year-old shattered an array of records. With astonishing figures of 5 for 5 in a mere 3.3 overs, Madhwal claimed the record of the best bowling performance by an uncapped player in the illustrious history of the IPL, eclipsing Ankit Rajpoot's 5 for 14 for the Punjab Kings against the SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018.
Furthermore, Madhwal's remarkable economy rate of 1.47 runs per over during his 5-wicket haul also etched his name alongside the legendary Anil Kumble, who recorded identical figures of 5/5 in 3.1 overs for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2009 in the IPL.
The Uttarakhand based speedster also etched his name in the history of knockout matches in T20 franchise tournaments by becoming the bowler with the best figures in knockouts. Madhwal surpassed Pakistan quick Mohammad Sami's record, who had recorded 5 for 8 in PSL 2016.
With an astounding 12 wickets in his last four matches, including the jaw-dropping 5 for 5 against Lucknow, Madhwal has solidified his status as a match-winner for his team. Overall, he has accumulated an impressive tally of 13 wickets in seven matches, all while maintaining an enviable economy rate of 7.77.
As Mumbai Indians gear up to face Gujarat Titans in the all-important Qualifier 2, all eyes will undoubtedly be on Akash Madhwal. In this do-or-die clash, his performance and ability to deliver under immense pressure will once again be pivotal for the five-time IPL champions.