IPL 2024, RR vs MI: Every game is a bonus – RR’s Sandeep Sharma makes amends after going unsold last year

Sanju Samson said that he takes every game as a ‘bonus’ after he picked up a 5-wicket haul and helped RR beat MI by 9 wickets on Monday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Last season, the speedster went unsold in the auction. However, the rub of the green went his way as the Royals roped him in as a replacement for Prasidh Krishna.

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From there on, he has not looked back. On Monday, the veteran recorded the third-best bowling figures by an RR bowler in the history of the IPL after Sohail Tanvir and James Faulkner. Sandeep, who won the Player of the Match award, said that he tried to ruffle the MI batters by bowling cutters and slower balls.

Sandeep Sharma bowls with ‘big heart’

“Got fit day before yesterday. So, the first game after fitness. Actually, the pitch was on the slower and lower side, my plan was to bowl the cutters and it came off. If you are bowling at the end, you have to have a big heart,” Sandeep said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Sandeep said that bowlers need to bowl with a lot of heart, keeping in mind the batting-friendly pitches in the ongoing edition of the T20 tournament.

“In this IPL bowlers are under the pump. You have to have a big heart and keep executing your variations. Two years back I went unsold and came as a replacement, so every game I am taking as a bonus,” he added.

Sandeep picked up the wickets of Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David and Gerald Coetzee. On the back of his spell, RR restricted MI to 179 for 9 in 20 overs. Thereafter, Jaiswal’s unbeaten 104-run knock took the Royals past the finish line with 8 balls to spare.

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sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Apr 23, 2024

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