IPL 2023: Akash Madhwal’s success is an evidence that we could be overrating variations, says Sanjay Manjrekar

New Delhi,UPDATED: May 25, 2023 09:53 IST

By India Today Sports Desk: Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out an important aspect of bowling after Akash Madhwal became only the first bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs.

On Wednesday, May 24, Madhwal finished with figures of 3.3-0-5-5 as MI defeated the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 81 runs in the Eliminator at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

On the back of Madhwal’s spell, MI bowled LSG out for 101 in 16.3 overs while defending 182. Manjrekar said that Madhwal’s spell showed the importance of not trying for too many variations to restrict batters from scoring runs.

Manjrekar took to Twitter and wrote, “When variations become predictable, the whole purpose of variation is lost. The element of surprise for the batter is gone. Akash Madhwal’s success is an evidence of that. We could be overrating the value of variation.”

Manjrekar was also in awe of Madhwal after the latter won the Player of the Match award at the Chepauk. Earlier in the tournament, Madhwal was entrusted to bowl the final over against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Wankhede Stadium and he didn’t disappoint.

Manjrekar wrote, “Akash Madhwal, what a performance! Showed the potential earlier in the season when he conceded just 6 runs in the 20th over v RCB at Wankhede. Tonight he hit his peak!”

In only seven matches for MI, Madhwal has picked up 13 wickets from seven matches at an economy rate of 7.76. He also picked up four wickets in MI’s last league game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Wankhede Stadium.

As far as MI are concerned, they will face Gujarat Titans (GT) in Qualifier 2 on Friday, May 26 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.