When Ayush Badoni hit the winning six against the Delhi Capitals, he was met with a range of responses. Some thought it was a good thing, while others thought it was bad. A few people felt that he was becoming arrogant, while others had to think that it was simply an expression of pleasure that caused him to act in this manner.
However, there aren’t many people in the cricketing world who are aware of the tale of Ayush Badoni, the newest phenomenon from Lucknow and who has been causing ripples in the fibre of Indian cricket as the newbies to the competition have been in explosive form this season.
While Ayush Badoni scored a match-winning knock of 54 against the Rajasthan Royals in the first match of the IPL, he went unbeaten for 19 against the Chennai Super Kings, guiding the Giants to victory in an exquisite high-octane run-fest in which the lad took just 9 balls to score those crucial runs, assisting the Giants to record their first win of the season. Ayush Badoni came up short in the next game, but he still managed to contribute 19 runs.
With Deepak Hooda out to Shardul Thakur on Thursday against the Capitals, he entered the fray at a crucial point in the innings, and the required 5 runs seemed to be an unattainable goal given the uncertain nature of the surface. While facing Shardul Thakur, Ayush seemed completely fearless and blasted him for two boundaries, thereby sealing the game’s outcome for the kid.
This was backed by his forceful fist pump, which caused the country to be divided into two camps as a result. A Twitter user, however, was able to give some light on Ayush Badoni’s celebrations, as he said “Ayush Badoni was asked to clear 3 levels of trials by @DelhiCapitals scouts. The last one was during the 3rd wave in Mumbai. He smacked 50 in less than 20 balls in each of them. Then they didn’t even bid. The fist pump after killing the game said it all. #LSGvsDC #IPL2022.”
Here is the link to the user’s profile and tweet:
#AyushBadoni was asked to clear 3 levels of trials by @DelhiCapitals scouts. Last one during the 3rd wave in Mumbai. He smacked 50 in less than 20 balls in each of them. Then they didn't even bid.
The fist pump after killing the game said it all. #LSGvsDC #IPL2022
— Arani Basu (@AraniBasuTOI) April 7, 2022