“There is no need for…” Sunil Gavaskar And Sehwag Slammed Hardik Pandya For Disturbing Mohit’s Rhythm In Last Over Against Jadeja  

The 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed a plethora of thrilling last-over finishes, intensifying the pressure on death-over bowlers. The final between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was no exception. Mohit Sharma, the experienced right-arm pacer representing Gujarat, was on the verge of becoming a hero in the IPL 2023 final, only to be denied by a moment of brilliance from Ravindra Jadeja. As CSK clinched their fifth IPL title with a five-wicket victory, the performance of Mohit Sharma came under scrutiny, leading to criticism from cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag.

With Chennai needing 13 runs in the last over of their chase of 171 runs in 15 overs, Hardik Pandya, the captain of Gujarat Titans, entrusted the responsibility to Mohit Sharma. Having already showcased his prowess with two back-to-back wickets in his previous over, Mohit started the final over with immense confidence.

Displaying exceptional skill, Mohit executed four consecutive yorkers against the dangerous duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Shivam Dube. This masterful bowling display restricted CSK to three runs, balancing the game. Mohit’s execution showcased a clear plan and confidence in his approach.

However, the match took a dramatic turn when Mohit erred in the final two deliveries of the over. Ravindra Jadeja, known for his ability to seize crucial moments, displayed brilliance by smashing a six over long-on and following it up with a four past short fine leg. This turn of events tilted the game firmly in CSK’s favor, leading them to victory.

Following the loss, Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya faced criticism from cricketing greats Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. Speaking to India Today, Gavaskar expressed his discontent with Hardik’s interference during the last two balls. He highlighted an incident where water was sent to Mohit before the penultimate delivery, followed by a discussion between Hardik and Mohit. Gavaskar believed such intervention was unnecessary when Mohit was executing his plan effectively.

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In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Sehwag echoed Gavaskar’s sentiments, stating that Hardik’s actions had disturbed Mohit’s rhythm, leading to errors in line and length during the crucial moments. Sehwag emphasized that when a bowler is performing well and executing yorkers, there is no need for unnecessary distractions.

Mohit Sharma’s missed opportunity in the IPL 2023 final will undoubtedly disappoint him and the Gujarat Titans. However, it is crucial to acknowledge the game’s unpredictable nature and the pressure players face in high-stakes encounters. As they reflect on this defeat, the Gujarat Titans can learn from their experience and focus on their future endeavors.

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