Abhishek Sharma, the dynamic batter from SunRisers Hyderabad, unveiled the catalyst behind his extraordinary performance against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2024 clash on March 27. He credited the presence of his parents in the stadium for igniting his remarkable innings, wherein he blazed a trail with an astounding 63 runs off just 23 deliveries. Sharma also shared insights into the strategic advice received from his teammate Heinrich Klaasen, emphasizing a simple yet aggressive approach to batting.

Under the leadership of Pat Cummins, SunRisers Hyderabad clinched their inaugural victory of the season, triumphing over Mumbai Indians by a margin of 31 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. The official social media channels of the Indian Premier League spotlighted the standout performers of the match, featuring Abhishek Sharma and Heinrich Klaasen in a special video.

Reflecting on his partnership with Travis Head, Sharma expressed admiration for Head’s clarity of thought and his encouragement to express oneself freely on the field. Recounting a conversation with Klaasen, Sharma revealed a positive mindset focused on aggressive batting, where each player’s role was clear-cut: ‘When you have the opportunity to strike, seize it.’

Sharma attributed his exceptional performance to the rare presence of his parents in the audience, a motivating factor that fueled his determination to excel on the field. He also lauded the supportive atmosphere created by his teammates and the passionate Orange Army, whose unwavering encouragement provides a constant source of motivation.

The match witnessed Sharma’s onslaught on the opposing bowlers, as he etched his name in the record books by registering the fastest fifty for SunRisers Hyderabad in a mere 16 deliveries. Surpassing Head’s previous record, Sharma’s blitzkrieg innings left no respite for the Mumbai Indians’ bowling attack, dismantling both seasoned campaigners like Piyush Chawla and emerging talents like the youthful Kwena Maphaka. Recognized as the Player of the Match in a historic encounter characterized by a staggering 38 sixes and a record-breaking total of 523 runs, Sharma’s performance stood as a testament to his prowess with the bat and his invaluable contribution to SunRisers Hyderabad’s triumph.