GT vs LSG: Ayush Badouni, Lucknow’s Baby AB, did not realise he had created IPL history

IPL 2022: 22-year-old Delhi batter Ayush Badoni, who impressed in his first IPL match, scripted a new record when he hit a quickfire fifty for Lucknow Super Giants against Gujarat Titans.

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GT vs LSG: Ayush Badouni, Lucknow's Baby AB, did not realise he had created IPL history- BPN TODAY

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ayush Badoni hit a fifty on his IPL debut for LSG
  • KL Rahul heaped praise on Lucknow’s Baby AB
  • Badoni’s fifty went in vain as GT outclassed LSG

22-year-old Delhi batter Ayush Badoni took the Indian Premier League by storm, showing his composure and class when he hit a fifty in trying circumstances for Lucknow Super Giants in their first match of IPL 2022 against fellow newbies Gujarat Titans on Monday.

Ayush Badoni had very little T20 experience, having scored just 8 runs before his IPL debut on Monday. He had no first-class or List A experience and his last competitive outing had come in last year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Despite having impressed for India at the U19 level, scoring 200 runs at the U19 Asia Cup in 2018 and a stunning 185 in a Youth Test against Sri Lanka, Ayush couldn’t really shine at Delhi on the domestic circuit.

However, for Lucknow’s scouting team and management, the pocket-sized big-hitting batter was not an unknown quantity. Ayush Badoni had been groomed by Tarak Sinha, the celebrated Delhi coach who had also worked with Rishabh Pant.

Repaying the faith that Lucknow Super Giants showed in him, Ayush Badoni hit 54 from just 41 balls, smashing sixes against the likes of Rashid Khan and Lockie Ferguson of Gujarat Titans. He had joined Deepak Hooda when LSG were reeling at 29/4 after a stunning Mohammed Shami spell.

However, Badoni took his time and played second fiddle to Hooda, who completed his fifty before taking the attack to the GT bowlers.

Ayush Badoni became the first man in the history of IPL to hit a fifty on debut while batting at No. 6 or below but the Delhi youngster said he wasn’t even aware that he got a fifty on Monday.

“I wasn’t looking at the score, I was just batting and wasn’t thinking of my fifty. I just wanted to play my natural game. I realized I got a fifty only after I got there. I couldn’t sleep last night. I was very nervous. After I hit the first boundary, I got confidence,” Badoni told the broadcasters.

LSG’S ‘BABY AB’

Lucknow may have lost their opener, but KL Rahul’s side had plenty of positives to take from their valiant performance. One of them is certainly Ayush Badoni’s knock. Captain KL Rahul is mighty impressed with his new “Baby AB”. The LSG skipper said the Delhi man can play 360 degrees and effortlessly take down bowlers, likening him to AB de Villiers.

“He (Ayush) is our baby AB. He has been phenomenal from the first day. For a little boy, he packs a punch and plays 360 degrees.

“So happy for him as he grabbed the opportunity. It was not ideal for him to walk out with us four down but he did well under pressure and hopefully, he can continue doing that,” Rahul added

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