Indian Premier League 2022 | Badoni a great find for India, an asset for white-ball cricket: KL Rahul

Ayush Badoni scored 19 not out on 9 balls against CSK and had scored half a century in the previous match

Ayush Badoni scored 19 not out on 9 balls against CSK and had scored half a century in the previous match

Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul said Ayush Badoni is a strong 360-degree player and an asset to white ball cricket in India, after the youngster showed off his bat skills in a six-wicker victory over the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL on Thursday.

Badoni (19 not out on 9 balls), who scored half a century in the previous game, teamed up with Evin Lewis (55 not out) towards the end to help the Super Giants chase a mammoth 211-run goal.

“Badoni, I’ve seen a few videos, when you’re just getting to see the good shots, but the way he’s hit is phenomenal.

“Strong, 360-degree player, a fantastic find for India and an asset for white-ball cricket,” Rahul said at the post-match presentation here.

The skipper also praised another youngster – the leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi – who did a brilliant job with the ball and was the most economical bowler for his side, with numbers of 2/24.

“Bishnoi has a big heart, he’s a fighter for a little guy, shows the character he has to bounce back (from the last game) with a wet ball. Really happy for his sake, he wants to grow, wants to learn and good to see it “, Rahul added.

CSK captain Ravindra Jadeja regretted the missed catches by his team, including the drop catch by Moeen Ali outside Quinton de Kock at 30. De Kock continued with 61.

“We had a very good start, Robbie (Uthappa) and Shivam Dube played brilliantly. We had a good start, but on the field we have to get on the field, then you win matches. We should have taken those chances.

“It was a lot of dew, the ball did not stick in the hand. Next time we have to practice with the wet ball. We hit brilliantly in the top six and in the middle overs. The wicket was very good to hit. On. As a bowling unit we have to carry out our plans . ”

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