Architect of Lucknow Super Giants’ thrilling five-run win over Mumbai Indians, left-arm pacer Mohsin Khan on Tuesday dedicated his performance to his ailing father, who was discharged from the hospital after spending 10 days in the ICU.
The 24-year-old from Uttar Pradesh had a sensational season last year but he missed the whole of the domestic season and most part of the IPL this year due to a left shoulder injury.
Playing only his second match in the IPL 2023, Khan defended 11 runs off the final over against the destructive Tim David as Lucknow Super Giants inched closer to the IPL playoffs with a five-run win over Mumbai Indians.
“It’s been a tough time as I was injured, playing after a year. My father got discharged from the ICU yesterday and he was in the hospital for the last 10 days and I did it for him, he would have been watching,” he said at the presentation.
“I’m grateful to the team and the support staff, Gautam (Gambhir) sir, Vijay (Dahiya) sir for playing me this game even though I did not do well in the last game.” Talking about his plan in the final over, Khan said, “The plan was to execute what I did in practice. Even Krunal was talking to me, and I told him the same.
“The run-up is the same, did not change it in the last over. I was trying to calm myself down, not look at the scoreboard and bowl the six balls well. “Since the wicket was gripping, I tried the slower ball, but I bowled two of those and then changed to the yorker, and it was reversing as well.” Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said his team couldn’t win the little moments and lost its way in the second half of the chase.
“We didn’t play well enough to win the game. There were little moments in the game that we didn’t win, unfortunately.
“We assessed the pitch really well and it was a good pitch to bat on and that score was definitely chaseable and we lost our way in the second half of the innings.” With Marcus Stoinis (89 off 47 balls) on song, Mumbai leaked 54 runs in the last three overs.
“We gave too many runs at the back end and the last three overs went for a few. But the way we started with the bat we were in a good position to chase, but like I said we lost our way in the second half.
“He (Stoinis) played really well, kept hitting straight which is what you need to do on a pitch like this. It was a brilliant knock from him.”
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