Akash Madhwal then rounded up a five-star performance by picking up a five-wicket haul and getting the final wicket of the game as well. All in all, the perfect game for Mumbai.
Four years ago, Akash Madhwal was playing tennis ball cricket across Uttarakhand and in the Western Uttar Pradesh region. When he attended the trials in 2019, he immediately caught the attention of the then Uttarakhand coach Wasim Jaffer and present coach Manish Jha.
For someone who has not played with the red ball till the age of 24, Akash has become the first cricketer from the Uttarakhand state cricket team to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“When he came for the trials in 2019. We all were very impressed. He is skiddy and quick with a smooth action. There was an X-factor in him. Wasim bhai roped him in straight away and gave him a match against Karnataka in Syed Mushtaq Ali. He was wayward and looked underprepared. Next year, during the Covid, when the Ranji Trophy got cancelled and I took up the job of head coach, I told him that he will play all three formats, no matter if he went for runs.
Born in Roorke, Uttarakhand, right-arm medium pacer Akash Madhawal joined Mumbai Indians as an injury replacement for Suryakumar Yadav, who was ruled out of the tournament owing to a left forearm muscle injury. The 28-year old pacer, who joined the franchise for the base price of INR 20 lakh, featured in in 15 T20s for Uttarakhand and has 15 T20 wickets to his name at an average of 26.60. It will be interesting to see how Akash will apply his skillset at the big stage for one of the most successful franchises in the tournament.