On his IPL debut, Vaibhav Arora made the ball talk with match-winning figures of 2/21 in his four overs.
Punjab Kings defeated Chennai Super Kings by 54 runs on Sunday to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 for the second time.
At the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the defending champions were bowled out for 126 while chasing 181 runs. Meanwhile, Vaibhav Arora, a young pacer, played a key role in Punjab’s victory.
His inclusion in the XI initially aroused some concerns because he was chosen above veteran pacer Sandeep Sharma, who has a wealth of IPL experience.
However, the youngster’s decision was vindicated by a great performance in his IPL debut. He broke the backbone of CSK’s batting line-up by dismissing Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali inside the powerplay overs.
In his quota of four overs, he completed with figures of 2/21. Vaibhav’s brilliant performance came on the same track where PBKS batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, and another debutant, Jitesh Sharma, tonked the ball. On the other hand, the right-arm pacer was too hot for the CSK players to handle.
“We are thrilled about Vaibhav because he can swing the ball both ways,” Mayank Agarwal remarked on Sunday after the toss against Chennai Super Kings.
Shikhar Dhawan said, “Vaibhav Arora was troubling the Punjab Kings batters in the nets as well. That’s why he got the opportunity to make his debut. He bowled a good line and length and used the pitch”.
By seeing the overwhelming support for the cricketer, netizens stated that Regardless of the chatter around IPL, it gives the domestic players a platform and helps them in fulfilling their dreams.
The IPL fans tweeted about Vaibhav’s performance, “Highly impressed by Vaibhav Arora in his debut match, especially with the kind of swing he was getting. He finished with a bowling figure of 4-0-22-2.”
Vaibhav Arora emotionally said, “My father is getting old, and his work is such that it takes a lot of hard work. I thought that if I went for a good amount in the auction, I told my father that I didn’t have to work anymore. And I would like to fulfill my father’s dream. Now we live in a joint family. I want to get a house for my mother in which my mother can live comfortably.”
On December 14, 1997, Vaibhav Arora was born. He is currently 24 years old.
Arora represented Himachal Pradesh in the domestic circuit and made his First-Class debut against Saurashtra in 2019. In 2021, the right-arm pacer debuted in T20 cricket against Chhattisgarh. For IPL 2020, PBKS has signed Arora as a net bowler.
He previously played for the Kolkata Knight Riders but did not get a chance to play. After a heated bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders, PBKS won the uncapped pacer for INR 2 crore in the super auction.
Vaibhav has played junior cricket alongside fellow PBKS pacer Arshdeep Singh. The two are known to have a close relationship.
He considered retiring from cricket due to financial difficulties a few years ago, but his childhood coach Ravi Verma kept him going.
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