IPL 2022: LSG’s Ayush Badoni praises Gautam Gambhir for backing him throughout

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IPL 2022: LSG's Ayush Badoni praises Gautam Gambhir for backing him throughout
IPL 2022: LSG's Ayush Badoni praises Gautam Gambhir for backing him throughout

IPL 2022: LSG’s Ayush Badoni praises Gautam Gambhir for backing him throughout

IPL 2022: Ayush Badoni of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), who slammed a quick-fire 54 against Gujarat Titans on Monday, lauded his team mentor Gautam Gambir for believing in him during his initial days.

Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni fought their way to 158/6 in their 20 overs, before Gujarat Titans, who were making their IPL debut, chased down the score with two balls to spare.

“Gautam bhaiya backed me a lot. He told me to play just my natural game. Also he told me you won’t get the one-odd match, but you will get a proper run. He also told me, ‘you don’t need to play according to the situation. There are senior players to do that. You show us your natural game’,” said Badoni in a post-match press conference.

Badoni picked by LSG during the IPL 2022 mega auctions after being unsold for three years.

IPL 2022: LSG's Ayush Badoni praises Gautam Gambhir for backing him throughout
LSG’s Ayush Badoni praises Gautam Gambhir for backing him throughout

“I have been in the auction for three years and have gone unsold. I have been to trials for two-three teams but nobody picked me up at the auction eventually. So I am grateful to Lucknow for picking me,” said Badoni.

“The last three years have been a bit of a struggle. I didn’t get much of a chance with Delhi either. I played only one season and got to bat only once. For that I have enhanced my game, I have added more shots, which has helped me a lot,” he added.

Badoni chosen to bat ahead of Krunal Pandya in the match against Gujarat, and he demonstrated his worth by producing an outstanding innings.

“In the practice matches for Lucknow, I scored fifties in both the games. Gautam bhaiya liked that, and the other coaches impressed too. So they believed I could bat ahead of Krunal,” said the batter.

Lucknow, who were in trouble at 29/4 at one point, were boosted by Deepak Hooda (55) and Ayush Badoni, a youngster who struck 54 on his debut. For Gujarat Titans, Mohammad Shami was on fire, as his stunning opening spell yielded three wickets and left LSG in shambles.