Mentor Yuvraj Singh was very happy when I got out for duck, he must be proud now: Abhishek Sharma : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Mentor Yuvraj Singh was very happy when I got out for duck, he must be proud now: Abhishek Sharma

The 23-year-old thanks Shubman Gill with whose bat he scored a century

Mentor Yuvraj Singh was very happy when I got out for duck, he must be proud now: Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma celebrates his century in Harare. ANI



PTI

Harare, July 8

India opener Abhishek Sharma has revealed that his mentor Yuvraj Singh was delighted when he got out for a duck on his T20I debut against Zimbabwe here as the swashbuckling former all-rounder, for reasons best known to him, felt it was a "good start".

Making his India debut, Abhishek was out on duck as the Men in Blue lost the first T20I against hosts Zimbabwe by 13 runs on Saturday. But the 23-year-old came back strongly to set the stage ablaze with a blistering maiden century (a 47-ball 100) to fashion India's 100-run win in the second game a day later.

"I spoke to him yesterday (Saturday) also, and I don't know why he was very happy when I got out on zero. He said that's a good start but he must be very happy and proud just like my family," Abhishek said in a video posted by the BCCI.

He credited the hero of India's 2011 World Cup triumph for not only helping him hone his skills on the cricket field but also supporting him in his life away from the field.

"It's all because of him, the hard work he has put in (shaping) me. (For) two-three years, he has worked really hard not only on my cricket but off the field (life) as well."  

After Sunday's game, Abhishek called Yuvraj, who couldn't be happier for the youth.

"Well done, very proud, you deserve it. Many more (such innings) to come, this is just the start," Yuvraj said.

Since there was no rest day in between the first two games, the visitors didn't get a lot of time to think about the opening loss and that worked in India's favour as they levelled the five-match series 1-1.

"We lost yesterday, but I felt, today is my day and I should take the match to the end, the positive was that we didn't have much time to think about the next game," he pointed out.

Abhishek combined with Ruturaj Gaikwad (77 not out off 47 ball) for a match-winning 137-run stand for the second wicket.

"I was in a flow, and just wanted to express myself. I spoke to Rutu as well, he said the same thing that 'don't think much about the balls and hit what you think you can'," he said.

He once again thanked India skipper on the tour and his Punjab teammate Shubman Gill for lending him his bat.

"Special thanks to Shubman who gave me his bat, this was a much-needed innings for me and the team.

"This has been going on from U-14 times. Whenever I play with his bat I have done well, today also, the same happened.

"I played with his bat only, which I got after a lot of difficulty, he doesn't give it easily. That is like my last option when I feel I have to play with his bat for a comeback," he said. 

#Cricket #Shubman Gill #Yuvraj Singh #Zimbabwe


Top News

Donald Trump survives assassination bid at rally, bullet pierces his right ear

Donald Trump survives assassination bid at rally, bullet pierces his right ear

Will stay resilient: Ex-Prez | Multiple shots fired, 1 spect...

CRPF man killed in militant attack at Manipur village

CRPF man killed in militant attack at Manipur village

Over 200 lives lost in clashes since may 2023


Cities

View All