Rashid Khan, SunRisers Hyderabad spinner believes that Abhishek Sharma will become a proper all-rounder for India in the future.
A dominating bowling effort from Khaleel Ahmed and Abhishek Sharma had helped SRH restrict Punjab Kings to a paltry 120 in 19.4 overs on Wednesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Rashid Khan: Abhishek Sharma Will Become A Proper All-Rounder For India In The Future
In response, SRH (121/1) chased down the target with eight balls to spare thanks to a fine batting performance by Jonny Bairstow.
Abhishek Sharma picked his career-best figures of 2/24 in only his 2nd game in IPL 2021. He has played 16 matches so far amassing 145 runs and picking 5 scalps. His average of 14.5 and economy rate of 5.8 is among the best in IPL 2021.
“You will become a proper all-rounder for India in the future who will a lot of matches for his side. You have a lot of ability. If you work hard, you will get success,” Rashid told Abhishek Sharma in a video posted on the official website of IPL.
Talking about his own performance, Abhishek told Rashid: “I was practicing my bowling a lot. Suddenly, when we were in our huddle before the match against Punjab Kings, skipper David Warner told me that you are going to bowl the first over.
“I did not hear it nicely so confirmed it once again. I asked you a lot about this role, I was also confident of doing the job for our team.”
“During the lockdown, we were at home. My father is my childhood coach, he was a left-arm spinner so I have learned a lot from him during the lockdown. The variation like slider, I learned that.
“I had the confidence of implementing in the game. I think I can bowl this ball at any stage of the game,” he added.
In the match against Punjab Kings, Abhishek Sharma returned with figures of 2-24 from his four overs. This win was Hyderabad’s first win in the ongoing season of the IPL. Rashid Khan is the leading wicket-taker of SRH with 5 scalps in 4 games averaging 16.2 and once again having the best bowling economy rate of 5.06.
Khaleel Ahmed Picks 3/21 As Punjab Scores Only 120
Jonny Bairstow hit an unbeaten 63 and David Warner slammed a run-a-ball 37 as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down a 121-run target in 18.4 overs against Punjab Kings.
Fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed led an impressive bowling effort before Jonny Bairstow smashed an unbeaten fifty as Sunrisers Hyderabad snapped their three-match losing streak with a convincing nine-wicket win over Punjab Kings in an IPL match no. 14 on Wednesday.
Asked to bowl first, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s pace-spin duo of Khaleel Ahmed – 3/21 – and Abhishek Sharma – 2/24 – did the bulk of the damage to bundle out Punjab Kings for a below-par 120 in 19.4 overs.
Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 1/16, star Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan – 1/17 – and pacer Siddarth Kaul – 1/27 – also picked up a wicket each as Punjab Kings never gained momentum. SunRisers Hyderabad will next take on Delhi Capitals on Sunday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
For Punjab, the likes of in-form KL Rahul (4) and Nicholas Pooran(0) failed, and in fact, apart from opener Mayank Agarwal and Shahrukh Khan (both 22), none could score more than 20 runs. They lost half their side for 63 and never recovered and lost the last 4 wickets adding only 19 runs.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 121/1 (Jonny Bairstow 63*, David Warner 37; Fabian Allen 1/22) beat Punjab Kings 120 all out (Shahrukh Khan 22, Mayank Agarwal 22; Khaleel Ahmed 3/21) by 9 wickets.
SRH playing 11: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul.
Punjab Kings playing 11: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh