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IPL 2024: Who is Punjab Kings' Ashutosh Sharma?

IPL 2024: Who is Punjab Kings' Ashutosh Sharma? All you need to know about Punjab Kings' latest sensation who strikes at almost 200.

IPL 2024: Who is Punjab Kings' Ashutosh Sharma? Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
IPL 2024: Ashutosh Sharma plays for Railways in domestic cricket (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

In the thrilling encounter between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Ashutosh Sharma's entrance onto the field marked a pivotal moment. At a precarious position with Punjab Kings struggling at 114/6 in 15.3 overs while chasing 183 runs, Ashutosh's composed yet aggressive approach turned the tide in Punjab's favour.  

The final over, bowled by Jaydev Unadkat, encapsulated Ashutosh's power-hitting skills and his ability to thrive under immense pressure. With 29 runs needed off the last over, the odds were against the Kings. However, Ashutosh had other plans. He unleashed a barrage of aggressive strokes, hitting maximums twice, and keeping Punjab Kings' hopes alive despite three dropped catches in the over.

Ashutosh’s effort against SRH is not a one-time wonder 

Ashutosh's innings not only showcased his power-hitting prowess but also his composure under pressure. The ability to read bowlers' minds, finding the gaps and no premeditation of shots makes him a valuable asset for Punjab. The most important part of the knock was that he played all cricketing shots and didn’t try to play any ramp shots. 

His heroics weren't limited to this match alone. In a previous encounter against Gujarat Titans (GT), Ashutosh, along with Shashank Singh, orchestrated a remarkable comeback with their aggressive yet calculated batting. Facing a daunting target of 200 runs, Punjab Kings were reeling at 150/6. However, the duo's quickfire 43-run partnership in just 22 balls turned the game on its head. Shashank's unbeaten 61* off 29 balls and Ashutosh's 31 off 17 balls displayed their ability to steer Punjab Kings towards victory.

Before his IPL exploits, Ashutosh made headlines by breaking former Punjab Kings skipper Yuvraj Singh's record for the fastest fifty in T20 cricket against Arunachal Pradesh, by an India batter during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. This achievement marked a significant milestone in his career, laying the foundation for his impactful performances in the IPL.

From humble beginnings to IPL success

Ashutosh's journey to success has been fraught with challenges. Originally from Ratlam, he relocated to Indore as a young boy to pursue his cricketing dreams, facing financial hardships along the way. Despite the setbacks, Ashutosh persevered, eventually establishing himself in the Railways team.

His admiration for local cricketing heroes like Naman Ojha and his gratitude towards his childhood coach, Amay Khurasiya, exemplify his humility and passion for the game. As Punjab Kings continues its IPL 2024 campaign, Ashutosh Sharma's contributions stand out, propelling him into the spotlight as a rising star to watch out for in Indian cricket.

Classic traditional cricket is Ashutosh’s mantra 

Ashutosh's batting philosophy revolves around classical cricketing shots rather than flashy manoeuvres like reverse sweep or switch hit. His ability to stay calm under pressure and deliver impactful performances in crucial moments sets him apart as a match-winner for PBKS.

Off the field, Ashutosh's journey is a testament to resilience and determination. His experiences, from facing financial constraints as a young cricketer to overcoming professional challenges, have shaped him into a mature and dependable player for Punjab Kings.

As the IPL 2024 season progresses, all eyes will be on Ashutosh Sharma. The calm power-hitter continues to make waves with his remarkable performances and unwavering commitment to the game.

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