New Delhi: To win the final of IPL 2023, Chennai Super Kings had to score 13 runs in the last over and Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya entrusted Mohit Sharma with the responsibility of saving these runs. Mohit, 34, has been running out of Team India for the last eight years, but made a wonderful comeback this season. In such a situation, his confidence was on the seventh sky. By taking two wickets in a single over, he had also got Gujarat back in the match. Gave only three runs in the first four balls of the 20th over. But by hitting a six in the fifth and a four in the sixth, Ravindra Jadeja broke the hearts of crores of fans of Gujarat Titans including Mohit Sharma. Tears could be clearly seen in Ravindra Jadeja’s eyes as soon as Ravindra Jadeja hit the winning shot. Hardik Pandya immediately came to give courage to his experienced Haryanvi bowler. He hugged me, otherwise Mohit would have broken down there. In an interview given to Indian Express, Mohit Sharma tells the story after the defeat. Tells how those two balls gave sleepless nights.
It was clear what I had to do. I practiced a lot in such situations in the nets. Even before this I had gone through such situations, so I chose the yorker as my weapon. After four balls, Hardik came to talk to me. He wanted to know my plan, I told that I will bowl only yorkers. But the ball fell where he was not supposed to land. And Jadeja managed to get his bat in it. I tried. I tried to give my best.
Mohit Sharma from Indian Express
Ravindra Jadeja, who became the hero by hitting a six and then a four in the last two balls, told after the match that, ‘The only thing running in my mind was that I have to swing the bat hard. I was not thinking about where the ball would go. I backed myself. I wanted to hit the ball straight because I knew that Mohit Slower can also bowl well. Shivam Dubey standing at the non-striking end also had full faith in Jadeja’s ability. The game of this left hand batting all-rounder from Mumbai has come to the fore under the captaincy of Dhoni. Recalling those moments, Shivam Dubey says, ‘When Jaddu hit a six off the fifth ball, it was a moment of relief. If the last ball didn’t make a connection with the bat, we were ready to run. Taking three runs was impossible, but at least we had to tie the match. But we won.
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