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IPL Auction 2024: What left arm pacer Sushant Mishra brings to the table for GT

IPL Auction 2024: Gujarat Titans bought Sushant Mishra for INR 2.2 crore. Who is Sushant Mishra and here is all you need to know about him. The story of left arm pacer, Sushant Mishra.



Sushant Mishra, the left-arm seamer from Ranchi made waves in the recently concluded IPL 2024 auction where he was picked by last year’s runners-up Gujarat Titans for a jaw-dropping INR 2.20 crores. It is not just about the amount GT paid to avail the services of the youngster, but the extent to which they were willing to go, shrugging off a fierce bidding war with the Mumbai Indians. Ironically, it is to be noted that Sushant missed the trials conducted by Gujarat Titans.


Sushant Mishra who recently turned 23 got his best birthday present a few days ago in the form of a deal with one of the best teams of the IPL. However, this career peak wouldn’t have come that easily as he toiled hard for his trade. The pacer tasted his first success at the U-16 levels where he represented Jharkhand, and it was then his family got serious about his abilities.

 

Soon he grew the ranks as he was picked for the India U-19 World Cup for their 2020 campaign and Sushant had a fruitful series. He scalped 7 wickets from 7 games at an average of 19.85, coincidentally leading the attack with Kartik Tyagi (who was also picked by GT at the auctions).


Post the success at the junior level, the pacer transitioned well to the senior domestic circuit as he had a decent start to his First Class T20 and List A career, though at the early stages. Naturally, as a left-arm pacer, Sushant idealizes Zaheer Khan along with Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. 



What does Sushant Mishra bring to the table?

India is a team always searching for pacers and more specifically, left-arm pacers. Bowlers having this trait with quality are proving to be paramount at all levels. So, Gujarat Titans & even Mumbai Indians for that matter realized the talent this youngster possesses and went huge for him at the auctions. 


Not just this season, his name has been going around among the franchises for the past few years. Sushant was first part of the RCB set-up as a net bowler before joining the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a replacement player for Saurabh Dubey in IPL 2023. Though the 23-year-old hasn’t played a single IPL game, he must have had the experience of rubbing shoulders with some world-class bowlers in either team. 



What future holds for this youngster?

Gujarat Titans have a lot of quality as far as their pace attack is concerned with the likes of senior India bowlers like Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Mohit Sharma alongside 2 other young international left-arm pacers - Spencer Johnson, and Joshua Little. He might get a chance somewhere down the line, but a good showing here and the fact he is sharing a dressing room with India greats will keep him in good stead. 


Sushant Mishra shared his feelings on being picked by GT in an interview with IANS “Though it was cold on the terrace, we weren’t watching in the room as it was too claustrophobic for us. But when Mumbai Indians first raised the bid for me as soon as my name came in, seeing that made me feel happy that at least I will be picked.”


“I didn’t see the auction war after that but managed to catch at the end that Gujarat Titans took me in. Once the bidding war was over, I came down and my mother was crying (out of happiness),” 


“Seeing the fight at the auction between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans for me, I felt really good that I could be going to either of these champion teams. Both Mumbai and Gujarat have a very strong core and have really good coaching staff too. With Gujarat’s recent form being so good, it feels very great that I am going to a team like that for IPL 2024,” he adds.


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