New Delhi. Punjab Kings have done well in IPL 2023 so far. The team has won 4 out of 7 matches played. With 8 points, he is at number 5 in the points table. The team defeated Mumbai Indians by 13 runs in a match. Wicket-keeper batsman Jitesh Sharma faced only 7 balls in the match, but during this his small innings was enough to turn the tide of the match. Talking about the match, Punjab Kings had scored 214 runs for 8 wickets while playing first. In response, the Mumbai team could only score 201 runs for 6 wickets. Left-arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh also took 4 wickets and played an important role in Punjab’s victory.
Talking about 29-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Jimesh Sharma, it is only his second IPL season, but he has given everyone a chance to be happy with his aggressive batting. His strike rate is better than MS Dhoni. Jitesh Sharma playing from Punjab Kings faced 7 balls against Mumbai Indians. Scored 25 runs with the help of 4 sixes. During this, his strike rate was 357. Talking about his overall IPL career, he has scored 379 runs in 19 matches so far. 44 runs is the best performance, but during this his strike rate is 158, which is important in terms of T20. He has hit 33 fours and 22 sixes. However, cricket was not Jimesh Sharma’s favorite sport. He agreed to play cricket for 4 percent extra marks in the exam.
Dhoni’s strike rate of 136
MS Dhoni’s overall IPL strike rate is 136. Born in Amravati, Maharashtra, Jitesh Sharma was initially involved in Mumbai Indians, but never got a chance to play. He has so far scored 1932 runs in 83 T20 matches at an average of 29. Has hit a century and 9 half-centuries. 106 runs is his best performance. The strike rate is 148. He got a place in the Indian team for the T20 series against Sri Lanka in the past, but he could not make it to the playing-11.
Friends said – play cricket
Jitesh Sharma told Cricinfo that I never wanted to play cricket. To be honest, I was not interested. Maharashtra has a rule that if you play for the state team till class 10th, you get 4% extra marks. I used to play football for my school, but my friends told me that our school cricket team is good and if I get selected for the state, I can get more marks. He said that I appeared in the school trials only for those extra marks. There was no wicketkeeper in the school, so when asked if I would do wicketkeeping, I said yes.
fascination with sports due to fitness
Jitesh Sharma told that our school matches used to be held at Amravati’s club ground. There coach Amar More suggested that I should play cricket seriously. I told him that I am not interested in cricket. Then when I went to 11th standard, I thought that I will not play, but my father advised me to use cricket to stay fit, as fitness was an important parameter to clear the NDA exam, which I wanted to do.
The biggest thrill of IPL 2023, only 6 runs scored in 12 balls and 6 wickets fell, the champions collapsed
Jitesh Sharma, who batted aggressively in IPL, said that I was one of the youngest players to be selected in Vidarbha’s Under-19 category. On the question of not playing even after living in Mumbai for 2 years, he said that those were the best 2 years of my life. I was immature and I had a lot to learn. Mumbai treated me like family, never made me feel like a new player. I used to speak very little in the dressing room, but used to learn a lot by watching. I used to get happy just listening to Sachin Tendulkar’s voice.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : April 23, 2023, 13:36 IST