Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Mumbai Indians (MI) have unearthed yet another talent in form of speedster Akash Madhwal. The promising pacer bagged a five-wicket haul for the franchise and played a pivotal role in his team’s victory over Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

While several fans and experts hailed Madhwal for his stunning performance, his brother Ashish shared some interesting anecdotes from the pacer’s cricketing background.

Ashish revealed that the MI star is banned from playing cricket in his hometown as he had become too dangerous to play against. As per Ashish, Akash, who primarily played tennis ball cricket, had become too good for the level. Hence, he was banned from local tournaments as people were afraid to face him.

“Nobody let him play local cricket. There was a lot of fear of his bowling. So, he was banned from the local tournaments. Dar ka mahoul tha(there was fear all around). Akash used to go outside of Roorkee and play,” said Ashish.

However, Ashish is now ecstatic to see his brother gaining popularity all over the country. He credited MI skipper Rohit Sharma for helping Akash take the next leap forward.

“Rohit trusts his players and backs them up to the hilt. A new player is always scared for his position in the team. However, Rohit took away that scare and Akash is delivering now,” said Ashish.