In the powerplay overs of the IPL 2022 match between the Gujarat Titans and the Lucknow SuperGiants at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on March 28, veteran bowler Mohammed Shami ran through LSG’s top-order with the new ball in hand to put them in trouble. Lucknow, on the other hand, had an unusual hero in Ayush Badoni, who came to the rescue of the new entrants when it looked like they were about to be removed for no reason.
In his first IPL season, Ayush Badoni is playing. His standard fee with LSG is INR 20 lakh. Since making his debut in the 2020/21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January 2021, the youngster has only played five Twenty20s for Delhi. In addition to bowling off-breaks, the gifted all-rounder can also bat.
Badoni earned his domestic debut for Delhi after scoring 52 runs off only 28 deliveries in India’s U19 Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka in 2018. The vital shot came in the tournament final, driving India to a challenging total of 304/3 from their 50 overs, which was more than enough as the Boys in Blue won by 144 runs.
Despite this, the teenager was left out of India’s roster for the ICC U19 World Cup 2020, which was hosted in South Africa and won by Priyam Garg’s team. Ayush Badoni, who is only 22 years old and has a long future ahead of him, made the most of his opportunity in IPL 2022 and hopes to be on the selectors’ radar in the coming years.