The Tamil Nadu batter smashed a scorching 79 off just 39 deliveries in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 competition, continuing his extraordinary run of form ahead of the upcoming IPL 2022 super auction. In the present Vijay Hazare Trophy, Shahrukh’s 39-ball blitz helped Tamil Nadu register 354 for 8 against Karnataka in the second quarter-final.
● Devastating Shah Rukh Khan
Shahrukh has been a regular finisher for Tamil Nadu in white-ball cricket over the last several years, and he lit up the stage once again, blasting 79 from 39 deliveries, slamming seven boundaries and six sixes. Despite losing four wickets in the last ten overs, Shahrukh’s dazzling innings was enough for his team to post a respectable score. The yellow brigade had scored over 350 runs thanks to Shahrukh’s performance towards the conclusion.
The bowlers of Tamil Nadu matched up to their batters to thrash Karnataka fairly and squarely. 355 was never an easy target, as evidenced by the outcome. TN struck first, dismissing Padikkal for zero in the second over. TN’s nagging precision with the ball enabled it to chip in with frequent wickets to get the job done fast, despite a comeback mounted by Rohan Kadam and Siddharth KV.
Earlier in the day, TN’s opener Jagadeesan set the tone with a superb century in the first innings, which he followed up with a fine half-century from Sai Kishore. Dinesh Karthik’s cameo knock came in useful. Then came Shahrukh Khan, who once again humiliated the Karnataka bowlers. Now it’s time for the semi-finals! Tamil Nadu cleared the 350-run threshold thanks to his 39-ball 79, which was significantly above the average.
Before Shahrukh Khan took over with his pyrotechnics, Dinesh Karthik (44, 37 balls, 4x4s, 2x6s) and Baba Indrajith (31, 24 balls, 3x4s) also made significant contributions.
On the other hand, Vijay Shankar (3) and Washington Sundar (0) are unable to make an effect.
Praveen Dubey completed with 3 for 67 and Prasidh Krishna with 2/57; however, he was costly near the end. None of the other Karnataka bowlers could keep the opposition batsmen at bay.
● Hot Pick For The IPL Auction
Shahrukh Khan was not retained by Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL 2022 season, and several franchises will be hoping to sign him in the IPL Mega Auctions. In IPL 2021, he batted six innings, accumulating 101 runs in 64 balls at 157.81, with a boundary every 5.3 balls.
Shahrukh, who starred in Tamil Nadu’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 victory with a last-ball six, had also managed to shift the game’s complexion against Mumbai. In his innings (66, 35 balls, 6X4, 5X6), he tore at the Mumbai attack, clobbering five massive sixes as the opposition attack wilted under the onslaught.
On the majority of times, he has been essential in getting the squad out of difficulties. The blockbuster auction is poised to take place as the IPL 2022 welcomes two new franchises. As a result, it’ll be interesting to observe which teams line up behind the batter.