In their most recent match of the ongoing IPL 2023 against Gujarat Titans at the Wankhede Stadium, the five-time champion Mumbai Indians amassed a staggering total of 218 runs in the first innings thanks to a mesmerizing knock of 103* off 49 deliveries by Suryakumar Yadav. Despite Rashid Khan’s outstanding performance and all-around display, the Titans were 27 runs short of the mark.
Yadav and others attracted a lot of attention, but another player continued to produce consistently and helped the club succeed. In the encounter against the Hardik Pandya-led team, veteran spinner Piyush Chawla was once again at the top of his game and contributed to several wickets. He recorded 2/36 for his four-over total and gave the team the key victories by getting rid of Vijay Shankar and Rahul Tewatia.
He has so far had a tremendous season. With 19 wickets this year, the 34-year-old is now ranked third in the IPL 2023 Purple Cap standings. Chawla’s INR 50 lakh salary for the season has already been repaid in full, and Mumbai got a steal with the spinner. In a conversation with JioCinema, Chawla discussed his fantasy run this season and said:
I’m portraying my son. He was too little while I was playing at my best, so he never saw me play. However, he is now aware of the game and what I am doing. He may just be six, but he is intelligent. He is the cause of my continued effort.
Additionally, Yuzvendra Chahal, who recently surpassed Dwayne Bravo to become the IPL’s all-time highest wicket-taker, is just 12 wickets ahead of Chawla with 174 IPL wickets. In terms of the Mumbai Indians’ season this year, the five-time champions got off to a slow start by losing their first three games.
They had a rollercoaster ride at that point, winning some and losing some. However, Rohit Sharma and his men have recently demonstrated incredible courage and tenacity. They have repeatedly exceeded the 200-run threshold in the competition and have amassed a number of victories, increasing their prospects of making the playoffs—something they haven’t done since their successful 2020 season.