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‘We didn’t panic, we were just calm’: Ashutosh Sharma reveals how he and Shashank Singh stayed calm to lead PBKS fightback

‘We didn’t panic, we were just calm’: Ashutosh Sharma reveals how he and Shashank Singh stayed calm to lead PBKS fightback

Ashutosh's match-winning 31 off 17 balls, his IPL debut knock, will be etched in the memories of fans and teammates alike.

In a nail-biting finish at Ahmedabad, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against the Gujarat Titans (GT). Chasing a daunting 200 runs, PBKS looked down and out at 150/6. However, two young guns, Shashank Singh and Impact Player Ashutosh Sharma, had other plans.

Impact Player Ashutosh Sharma Steps Up

Ashutosh Sharma, replacing Arshdeep Singh, entered the fray with the pressure mounting. His first few deliveries were cautious, but a dropped catch by Umesh Yadav proved to be a turning point.

Seizing the opportunity, Ashutosh unleashed a flurry of boundaries, taking his score from 7 off 7 balls to a remarkable 22 off 12.

Calm amidst the Storm

With 25 runs still needed off a mere 12 deliveries, the weight of expectation shifted squarely onto Ashutosh’s shoulders. But the youngster remained composed. He displayed exceptional power, dispatching a back-of-the-hand slower ball from Mohit Sharma for a six over long-on.

Ashutosh Sharma in the post match conference talked about his 17-ball 31-run knock:

“I had confidence cos Team management and coaches were backing me up to come good and finish the game. That confidence I carried and applied that in the middle.”

“I keep telling myself, that I will do it.”

Partners in Victory: Ashutosh Sharma and Shashank Singh

While Ashutosh was the aggressor, Shashank Singh played a crucial role. His blistering 61 off 29 balls kept PBKS in the hunt. Ashutosh himself acknowledged Shashank’s contribution, highlighting their shared confidence and calmness under pressure. “We both middled the ball well and batted really well,” he stated.

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Mantra for PBKS Success

In the post-match conference, Ashutosh revealed the secret behind their success: “Shashank Singh played a proper impactful knock. At one side wickets were falling, at other side he was thrashing the bowlers. I had confidence in him. When both of us were on the crease, we were confident that we will chase does the target. We didn’t panic, we were just calm.”

This simple mantra, coupled with their unwavering belief in each other’s abilities, turned the tide in PBKS’ favor. Ashutosh’s match-winning 31 off 17 balls, his IPL debut knock, will be etched in the memories of fans and teammates alike.

Night for Young Talent in IPL

This thrilling victory was a testament to the talent and temperament of young players like Ashutosh and Shashank. Their heroics not only revived PBKS’ fortunes but also served as an inspiration, proving that even in the face of immense pressure, staying calm and focused can lead to remarkable achievements.

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