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Abhishek Sharma’s stocks soar in IPL: From six-hitting batsman to ‘Nathan Lyon-esque’ bowler

Abhishek Sharma’s stocks soar in IPL: From six-hitting batsman to ‘Nathan Lyon-esque’ bowler

Abhishek Sharma's performance in IPL 2024 has been a delightful surprise. He has not only established himself as a powerful batsman but has also showcased his potential as a valuable bowling all-rounder.

Abhishek Sharma has emerged as a true revelation in IPL 2024. Until Friday’s crucial Qualifier 2 match against Rajasthan Royals, he was primarily known for his explosive batting at the top of the order for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

But his unexpected bowling spell proved to be the game-changer, propelling SRH into the IPL final.

Abhishek Sharma: Dual Threat

Prior to Qualifier 2, Abhishek Sharma had already established himself as a force to be reckoned with, amassing 470 runs with a blistering strike rate of 207.75.

He even topped the charts for most sixes hit in the season (41). However, his bowling prowess remained largely unseen, with only three overs bowled in the entire tournament before Friday’s high-pressure match.

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Abhishek Sharma spin masterclass for SRH

Abhishek’s bowling spell in Qualifier 2 was a masterclass in left-arm spin. He conceded a mere 24 runs in his four overs, picking up two crucial wickets – Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson and dangerous batsman Shimron Hetmyer.

His exceptional bowling display restricted RR to 139 for 7, a total easily chased down by SRH to secure their place in the IPL final.

“Nathan Lyon-esque” spin and Dad’s support for Abhishek

Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody heaped praise on Abhishek Sharma, calling him a “serious package” for Indian cricket. He particularly highlighted Abhishek’s unique bowling style to ESPNcricinfo, which involves overspin and a dip in flight similar to Australian legend Nathan Lyon.

Moody also commended Abhishek’s willingness to develop his bowling. Later in the post-match presentation, SRH star revealed that he worked on his bowling alongside his dad and gave a special shout-out to him.

Abhishek Sharma: Ready when called upon

Despite his limited bowling opportunities throughout the season, Abhishek revealed his constant preparation for the role. “To be honest, I didn’t know I would bowl in this match,” he admitted after SRH’s win, “but I was very much ready with my bowling because I’ve been working really hard on it.”

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Looking Ahead: Bright Future for SRH star

Abhishek Sharma’s performance in IPL 2024 has been a delightful surprise. He has not only established himself as a powerful batsman but has also showcased his potential as a valuable bowling all-rounder. With his dedication and talent, Abhishek Sharma is certainly a name to watch in the future of Indian cricket.

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