'Udaan baaki hai': Ashutosh Sharma's status is increasing with every match in IPL 2024

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi. Although many uncapped players have won the hearts of fans in IPL 2024, the prominent ones who have made a splash in the season with their performance are Ashutosh Sharma of Punjab Kings and Mayank Yadav of Lucknow Super Giants. These two players are being considered as the 'surprise package' of the tournament. 25-year-old Ashutosh Sharma played a explosive inning of 61 runs with the help of two fours and seven sixes in just 28 balls against Mumbai Indians (MI vs PBKS). As long as he was on the wicket, Punjab Kings' victory seemed possible despite losing early wickets early in reply to the target of 193 runs. MI eventually won by 9 runs but for cricket fans, Ashutosh was the real 'winner'.

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Ashutosh, sold at a base price of Rs 20 lakh, has so far scored 156 runs in four matches in IPL at an average of 52.00 and strike rate of 205.26 (data till MI vs PBKS match of April 18). During this period, he has hit 9 fours and 13 sixes, which is proof of his being a natural stroke player. The biggest thing about Ashutosh's innings was that he played his natural game without coming under pressure in front of the big bowlers of world cricket. Before this, he has also played short but 'effective' innings against Gujarat Titans, Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals.

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Amay Khurasia said – Ashutosh is a fearless batsman
Coming from Ratlam, a small town in Madhya Pradesh, Ashutosh's journey to earning name in cricket has been full of ups and downs. He improved his game under the supervision of coach Amay Khurasia at the MPCA Cricket Academy. Amay is proud of his 'disciple''s success and gives full credit for it to Ashutosh's hard work. Amey, who has played 12 ODIs for India, said in a special conversation with News 18 that the biggest quality of Ashutosh is his fearlessness, he is a natural stroke player.

He said, 'Players like Ashutosh, Avesh Khan, Rajat Patidar, Kuldeep Sen and Arshad Khan came to us during MPCA's talent scouting. When Ashutosh came to me, he was only 12 years old. Naturally, the children coming to the academy They are talented and our role is to hone their skills by guiding them. Ashutosh was a hard-working innocent child from the beginning, he never shied away from hard work. Due to his hand-eye coordination, he can play both fast and spin bowling with equal proficiency and his game 'suits' him for each format.

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Along with being an opener, he is also a great wicketkeeper.
Referring to the untouched aspects of Ashutosh's game, he said, 'Apart from being a good batsman, he is also an excellent wicketkeeper. He can also be a better option as a wicketkeeper batsman. Since a young age, he has been opening and playing with the new ball. Basically he is an opener. Punjab Kings can also consider opening with him. Apart from wicketkeeping, he also bowls at medium pace. Amey said that positive mindset is the biggest plus point of Ashutosh. In a philosophical tone, he said that during bad times and failures in his career, a player needs more support and support from his coach, whereas in good times, he should open his wings and let him fly.

Let us tell you, there was a phase in the career of Ashutosh, who has played for Madhya Pradesh's U-16 and U-19 teams, when despite performing well continuously, he was not getting a chance to play matches for the MP team at the senior level. Time was running out sitting on the bench, so getting a job offer and joining the Railways was a 'master stroke' and Ashutosh's career was back on track.

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In the 2023 season of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20), Ashutosh scored 183 runs in six innings of 7 matches for Railways, during which his strike rate was 277.27. This season, he broke Yuvraj Singh's record of scoring a half-century in 12 balls by scoring a fifty in just 11 balls against Arunachal Pradesh. In this match, he scored 53 runs in 12 balls with the help of eight sixes and one four and after making the record of the fastest half-century, he was out on the very next ball. Yuvi scored a half-century in 12 balls against England in the T20 World Cup 2007. After this, Ashutosh's career started gaining momentum. In his debut match of Ranji Trophy, he scored a century against Gujarat. Now the 2024 season of IPL has made this player the 'cricket sensation' of the country. It is expected that in the coming time, we will see more such brilliant batting performances from Ashutosh and his reputation will become even higher.

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