Ravi Bishnoi had played all 14 games last season for the Punjab Kings and picked up 12 wickets, but the young leg-spinner found games difficult to come by. However, upon his return to the side, Bishnoi chipped in with a sensational spell against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In a low-scoring game at Sharjah, batters on both sides found it incredibly difficult to get going as the pitch remained on the slower side throughout the game. The Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to restrict the Punjab Kings to just 125 runs in their 20 overs. Besides Aiden Markram and KL Rahul, no one went past the 20-run mark among Punjab batters. Holder picked up 3 wickets for the Sunrisers with his brilliant mix-ups.
The spinners found great turn and bounce and after Rashid Khan‘s brilliant spell of 1/17, we saw another outrageous performance from a leg-spinner.
A valiant effort on comeback from Ravi Bishnoi
Bishnoi’s long run-up allows him to generate great pace and drift, and his loopy googlies are as dangerous as they can get on this track. He was hit for a boundary off his second ball of the spell, but managed to get his revenge by the end of the over as his googly drove through Pandey’s gates and smashed the stumps. After that, there was no looking back for the 21-year-old from Jodhpur.
In his third over, Kedar Jadhav tried to play a late cut to a smartly bowled googly and his timber was shattered. In the same over, Abdul Samad’s miscued attempt to heave it for a six took a top edge and Chris Gayle took a simple catch inside the circle. After surviving a lot of time on the bench, Bishnoi made his think tank regret the decision to not have him in the XI previously.
Despite Jason Holder getting a six off him in his final over, he finished with impressive figures of 3/24. Twitterati was fairly impressed by the youngster and showered in praises. Take a look at some of them here.
Ravi Bishnoi starts and PBKS wins, water is wet.
— A (@kyaaboltitu) September 25, 2021
Punjab Kings shouldn’t even dare to drop Ravi Bishnoi from hereon. #IPL2021
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) September 25, 2021
You don't need today's performance from Bishnoi to argue against his exclusion in the last game, but his figures of 3-24 from 4 overs is only going to make the think tank even more silly among the masses.
Won't say that the perception isn't deserved though.
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) September 25, 2021
Bishnoi can go places with what he does.
— KASHISH (@crickashish217) September 25, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 25, 2021
I am still wondering how anyone can even think about playing an overseas wrist-spinner like Adil Rashid when there is already someone as good as Ravi Bishnoi in the squad. #PBKSvSRH
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) September 25, 2021
Ravi Bishnoi!!! Take a fifer and have a closed door meeting with Kumble.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 25, 2021
Bishnoi for Punjab: but why is Samad batting so low? Why Kedar above him? Kedar and Saha added to the pressure and Samad has to perish bec he will have no time to settle. Wonder why this batting order from SRH?
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 25, 2021
Afraid Kumble might drop Bishnoi next game saying that he took the wrong wicket. 😭😭
— Manya (@CSKian716) September 25, 2021