Michael Vaughan Backs Abhishek Sharma To Play All Formats

Abhishek Sharma: An uncapped Indian batter, doing to T20 cricket what nobody has done in the past, he is facing fewer than 30 balls in each innings. Yet his output is so big that he has more runs than the likes of Sunil Narine, Phil Salt, Rohit Sharma, Faf du Plessis, and Rishabh Pant in this Indian Premier League IPL.

The need of the hour in modern-day cricket is a fearless approach at the crease. This is something Abhishek Sharma has been playing with lately. Also, the Indian team is seeking players who can attack the bowlers right from the start. So Abhishek fits the bill perfectly. 

The former England captain Michael Vaughan too has heaped huge praise on Abhishek Sharma’s fearless batting approach in IPL 2024.

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Has India found a destructive left-handed “Sharma” at the top order to replace Rohit? Well, only time will tell but Abhishek Sharma is certainly on the right track. 

Abhishek goes hard from the get-go and keeps going hard because he doesn’t carry the fear of failure. His team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, also understand it is a high-risk approach. But they have given him license and role clarity to bat with this hyper-aggression. 

It helps Abhishek that he has Travis Head at the other end when he takes the first strike and that SRH has Pat Cummins, who is a capable batter, slotted in as low as at No. 9. 

Even Abhishek was taken aback by his performance in the 2024 Indian Premier League. “Whoa, what a surprise! Abhishek remarked, “I would never think, going to such a tournament and playing at such a strike rate,” following Head’s 166-ball hammer against the Lucknow Super Giants. 

“Thanks to the management of the team, I would say, for the way they’ve shown faith in me. It was a clear day for the batters, so I just went there and enjoyed myself. It is down to the hard work I put in before the IPL 2024; it’s showing a bit now. 

And special thanks to Yuvi Paaji, Brian, and of course my dad, who’s my first coach. So they put a lot of hard work on me and I’m just trying to do what they’ve taught me, and it’s going well.”

In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023-24, India’s domestic T20 tournament, Abhishek Sharma performed a similar role for Punjab at the top. He scored 485 runs in ten innings at a strike rate of 192.46. It is the best among batters who have faced at least 120 balls. 

Michael Vaughan endorses Abhishek Sharma to play all formats for India

Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels he could represent India—redoing the story of Yashasvi Jaiswal. He has been a revelation with the bat at the top of the order for SRH this season. To seal SRH’s second place, Abhishek scored 66 off 28 against PBKS on May 19.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, on the other hand, swiftly got over the Indian side and the IPL. Been a revelation in Test match cricket. Probably early to say this, but Abhishek could do the same,” Michael Vaughan told Cricbuzz.

Abhishek’s technical attributes were praised by the former English captain, who compared him to legends like Brian Lara and Yuvraj Singh. His technical side is excellent. He has a swing that is similar to Brian Lara’s and Yuvraj Singh’s,” he added.

“Considering the immense talent and number of great Indian batters in the IPL, for Abhishek Sharma to lead by such a margin at the top of this statistic is fantastic. It’s a great testament to his skill and potential,” signed off Michael Vaughan.

Abhishek broke the record of Virat Kohli for the most sixes by an Indian batter in an IPL season. “As far as talented Indian players go, he leads the pack. It is fantastic,” he concluded having scored 467 runs at an average of 38.92 and a strike rate of 209.41 in 13 matches.

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Please grant me the blessings you gave him. Arshdeep Singh asks the mother of Abhishek Sharma, and his sister posts a video. 

Bowler Arshdeep Singh of PBKS and Abhishek experienced a touching moment. The moment has now gone viral all over social media. Both players walked toward the stands where Abhishek’s mother, Manju, and sister, Komal, sat. 

Arshdeep approached Abhishek’s mother to ask for her blessing. The PBKS bowler shared a sweet message with Abhishek’s mother as he asked her in Punjabi to give him the same blessings which she had been giving her son.

“Bless me with the same blessings that you give to Abhishek. With delight, the 25-year-old remarked, “I want the same.” Once Komal, Abhishek’s sister, posted the video to her Instagram account, fans showered her with praise.

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