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Mohit Sharma opens up on IPL 2023 final heartbreak against Chennai Super Kings

Ravindra Jadeja hit Mohit Sharma for a six and a four to take Chennai Super Kings home.

Mohit Sharma with Josh Little
Mohit Sharma with Josh Little (Image Credit: Twitter/IPL)

Gujarat Titans pacer Mohit Sharma had a dream comeback in his IPL career in the IPL 2023. After the 2020 season, he didn’t play a single game in the league. Not to forget, Sharma was the net bowler in the Titans. This year, he played 14 out of 17 games played by the Ahmedabad-based side and has 27 wickets to his name. In the final, he took three wickets but it all went in vain.

In the last over of the final against Chennai Super Kings, the former India pacer kept the opposition batters at bay. However, on the last two balls, Ravindra Jadeja hit a six and a four to take CSK home. Meanwhile, a day after the final, the former CSK player, Sharma has revealed how he felt after the game.

While speaking to The Indian Express, the right-arm said that he had clear plans about what he wanted to do

“My mind was very clear in what I wanted to do. In the nets, I had practiced such situations and I have been in such scenarios before too. So I said let me bowl all balls yorkers and was backing my instinct,” he said. And did he. In his first four deliveries in that over, he bowled all yorkers, which included a dot ball and conceded three runs.

Sharma added that his skipper Hardik Pandya had a chat with him and they discussed the plan of action.

“They wanted to know what will be his plan of action. I said I will again try to bowl yorker. People are now saying this and that but frankly it has no meaning. I knew what I wanted to do.”

“I ran and tried to bowl (yorker) again. I just wanted to be focussed and back myself. Whole IPL I have done that. The ball landed where it shouldn’t have and Jadeja got his bat. I tried, I tried my best,” he said.

I always thought about what I could have done differently: Mohit Sharma

Speaking on his last over-disappointment, the Haryana player said that he couldn’t sleep and kept thinking about what he could have done differently.

“I couldn’t sleep. Sochta raha kya alag karta joh match jeet jaate. What if I could have bowled this ball or that ball? It’s not a nice feeling now. Somewhere something is missing but I’m trying to move on.”

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