Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul on Sunday (1st May) heaped rich praise on pacer Mohsin Khan for his efforts in Match 45 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 against Delhi Capitals (DC) in Mumbai. He also lauded Deepak Hooda for playing ‘smart cricket’ in tough situations.
LSG defeated DC by 6 runs in a last-over thriller to earn second place on the points table. Batting first, after winning the toss, Rahul yet again stood tall for his side and scored a masterful 77. He was well complemented by Deepak Hooda, who scored a half-century and took the pressure off the skipper after they lost Quinton de Kock for 23.
The right-hander impressed many with his stroke play and scored 52 runs in just 34 balls to help his side post a total of 195 runs on the board. Mohsin then stole the limelight with his bowling.
The left-arm pacer displayed a terrific spell of fast bowling and turned the game in his side’s favour with his four-wicket haul. He removed the likes of David Warner, Rishabh Pant, Rovman Powell and Shardul Thakur to return with the figures of 4/16.
His spell put Delhi under pressure at crucial stages and won the game for his side by 6 runs. Mohsin was also awarded Player of the Match for his sensational spell.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, KL Rahul lavished rich praise on pacer Mohsin Khan. Calling him sharp and scary, he said that he didn’t want to face him in the nets as he has great skills which he knows how to use.
“He (Mohsin) has been brilliant, played him in the nets first time a month ago, didn’t want to face him, seriously. He was sharp, he’s scary at times in the nets. It’s not just the pace, he has a good brain, has a bit of skill as well, has a great slower one and he knows when to use them," KL Rahul said.
Further lauding Mohsin, Rahul said that the left-arm pacer is eager to learn and play. He was hopeful that the he will learn more and will keep doing a good job for them.
“(He’s) Eager to learn and play, obviously he’s been around with the teams for the last 2-3 years, he hasn’t got a chance, he was very eager to play and he’s been a confident guy. Even under pressure, he’s bowled some really big overs for us and he’s performed for us. Hopefully he can learn, get better, get confident and keep doing the job for us," he said.
The LSG skipper also praised Deepak Hooda for playing ‘smart cricket’ under pressure. Calling him a hard-working guy, Rahul said that he’s delighted with the right-hander getting runs for the team in a difficult time.
“He (Hooda) has been batting well, he’s batted well throughout the season. He started off really well. Even when the team is under pressure, he’s really played smart cricket. It’s not just about going there and hitting fours and sixes, he’s been smart, he’s read the situation really well.
“Really a hard-working guy, I’ve seen him for the last 3-4 years in the previous franchise as well. Really happy that he’s getting those runs for the team when the team needs it. He’s putting his hand up, taking the responsibility and doing the job for the team,” he said.
LSG will be next seen in action against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday (7th May) at MCA Stadium in Pune.
(Star Sports inputs)