For the 24-year-old Mohit Sharma, who made his first class debut for Haryana in 2011, IPL 6 so far has been rewarding. With nine wickets in seven matches and an enviable economy of six runs per over, the Ballabhgarh boy has raised a few eyebrows and his performance of 3 for 21 against Pune Warriors on Tuesday was worthy of a man-of-the-match award.
Mohit has a habit of picking key wickets early in his spell and in his second match itself, the medium pacer picked up three wickets for just ten runs from his three overs against Delhi, scalping Virender Sehwag and David Warner. Against Pune too, Sharma got into the attack early removing Aaron Finch and T Suman in successive balls and then went on to pick up the crucial wicket of Yuvraj Singh.
Mohit is one of the five uncapped players signed by Chennai this year and his street smart bowling has prompted the Chennai management to keep him in the team on a regular basis. Mohit credits his success to practice and sticking to the basics. "It is a result of a lot of practice. During the training sessions, I try sticking to the basics and do not experiment much with my strengths," said Mohit after the match against Pune.
Even skipper MS Dhoni was all praise for the 24-year-old, "Mohit has played a lot of Delhi cricket, city cricket makes you street smart, he has played lot of those games. He bowls with full effort, he has shown improvement in the last few games", said the CSK captain during the post-match presentation.