Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered their first win of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, beating Punjab Kings (PBKS) by nine wickets in Chennai on Wednesday (April 21). Abhishek Sharma was a key figure in ensuring that PBKS do not get a huge score on the board and his 2 for 24, helped SRH restrict Punjab to 120. Abhishek picked up the wickets of Deepak Hooda and Moises Henriques in consecutive overs to further dent Punjab's hopes of getting to a decent total.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan had some words of encouragement for the youngster and said that he believes Abhishek will be a proper all-rounder for India who will many matches in the future.
"You will become a proper all-rounder for India in the future who will a lot of matches for his side. You have a lot of ability. If you work hard, you will get success," Rashid told Abhishek Sharma in a video posted on the IPL website.
Speaking of his performance in the match, Abhishek said, "I was practising my bowling a lot. Suddenly, when we were in our huddle before the match against Punjab Kings, skipper David Warner told me that you are going to bowl the first over. I did not hear it nicely so confirmed it once again. I asked you a lot about this role, I was also confident of doing the job for our team."
"During lockdown, we were at home. My father is my childhood coach, he was a left-arm spinner so I have learnt a lot from him. The variation like slider, I learnt that. I had the confidence of implementing in the game. I think I can bowl this ball at any stage of the game," he added.
SRH have a couple of days off before they are back in action - this time they will take on Delhi Capitals in Chennai on Sunday (April 25)