Wednesday, April 17, 2024

This youngster in Lucknow Super Giants catches eye in very first game

Just a game old, a Lucknow Super Giants youngster is promising great things with his talent and temperament. 

Ayush Badoni is just 22 and when he walked in his IPL team was in great trouble but he played a knock of 54 off 41 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. The batter brought up his half-century off 38 balls. 

After the match ended, Badoni thanked Lucknow Super Giants mentor Gautam Gambhir for all his support.

“Gautam Bhaiya helped me a lot. He asked me to play my natural game and play the ball, not the bowler. He told me that I would be getting a proper run in the team. He also told me ‘you do not need to play according to the situation, there are senior players to do that in the team, so you just play your natural game’,” Badoni said during a virtual press conference after the Gujarat-Lucknow encounter.

Badoni’s pyrotechnics though was not enough for his team as Lucknow Super Giants went down to Gujarat Titans by five wickets. 

“I was going unsold in the previous auctions. I had attended camps of 2-3 teams but I did not know if I would be picked. Lucknow showed their faith in me and I am grateful. I had two fifty-plus scores in the trials after Lucknow picked me and this impressed the coaches and that is why they were confident of sending me before Hardik Pandya,” added Badoni who was picked up by Lucknow in the auction for Rs 20 lakh.

Not many know, but Badoni hails from Tarak Sinha’s Sonnet Club, which has earlier given Rishabh Pant to Indian cricket.

In a youth Test, Badoni had played an unbeaten knock of 185 off 202 balls in 2018. Since then, he was being looked at as a serious prospect but he never got the chance to make it big in Delhi’s team and was also not a part of India’s U19 World Cup side in 2018.

“It has been a little bit of a struggle. I have not gotten many opportunities with Delhi. I have enhanced my game, I have tried to add a few more shots to my arsenal. I played one season for Delhi, I played five matches, and in only one game I got the chance to bat. I was dismissed early in that game,” he added.

Badoni is yet to play a first-class game and so far, he has just played six T20s in his career. He had made his T20 debut for Delhi against Mumbai in 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium.

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