IPL 2023 – LSG vs MI – Mohsin Khan – My father was in the ICU, I was playing for him

Lucknow Super Giants fast bowler Mohsin Khan dedicated his match-winning performance against Mumbai Indians to his father, who was in hospital until a day before the game on Tuesday.

“Sadly, my father was in the hospital, in the ICU, he just got discharged yesterday so I was playing the match for him,” Mohsin said after successfully defending 11 in the final over of the chase. “He was probably watching the game on TV. So I was playing for him. He was in the ICU for the last ten days. He must be very happy.”

While speaking to the broadcaster at the end of the game, Mohsin also reflected on his tough 12 months. After taking 14 wickets in nine matches with an economy of 5.97 in his maiden IPL season in 2022, Mohsin suffered a serious shoulder injury and did not play any competitive cricket for a whole year.

He wasn’t fit for the first half of IPL 2023, and the game against Mumbai was only the second time he was bowling this season, after returning figures of 1 for 42 in three overs against Titans.

“I am playing after a year. I got injured in the middle, it was a tough time for me,” Mohsin said. “The way I bowled last year, today I felt I bowled like that so I am pretty happy.”

Mohsin conceded 21 in his first two overs for the wicket of Nehal Wadhera and he was entrusted with bowling the final over, to Tim David and Cameron Green. Using a mix of slower balls and yorkers, Mohsin gave away only five runs to earn LSG two crucial points that took then to No. 3 in the points table.

“I was just trying to do what I do in practice. That’s my strength. I just followed that,” Mohsin said. “Krunal [Pandya] bhai also came and asked me what I was going to do. I told him, ‘bhaiya, I will do what I have been doing so far.’

“I was just trying to keep myself calm and not look at the scorecard. I just thought that I have to simply bowl six balls. I wasn’t looking at the runs, whether they need 10 runs or 11 runs. I was just thinking that I have to bowl six good balls.

“Because the wicket was gripping I thought I will bowl slower balls. I beat the batter with the first two balls. I was just trying to change that up with yorkers. It was also reversing a little.”

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