IPL 2022 – Who is Ayush Badoni?

In the match between the Lucknow Super Giants and the Gujarat Titans, one of the young players who stood out amongst the rest was Ayush Badoni. He came in as an unknown entity, but after his heroics in the last game, everyone wants to know more about who he is and what his origin story is.

In this article, we are going to talk about this young star and give you all a bit of an insight into who he is and what he brings to the team.

22-year old Ayush Badoni was born in Uttarakhand on the 13th of December, 1999, and started out his cricketing journey as an out and out power hitter. Prior to appearing in the IPL, Ayush has represented India in the Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup, where he had shared a dressing room with the likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Prabhsimran Singh, and Devdutt Padikkal. He had also smashed half-centuries against Afghanistan U-19 and Sri Lanka U-19 in that tournament.

He entered the IPL mega auction with a modest base price of INR 20 Lakhs and was picked up by the Lucknow Super Giants at that price since he failed to attract any other bidders. Initially thought of as a squad depth player, many were surprised to see him included in the Playing XI for the very first game of the franchise.

Lucknow Super Giants, the new Indian Premier League franchise, got off to a bad start in their first game, losing the wickets of skipper KL Rahul for a duck, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock for 7, Evin Lewis for 10, and Manish Pandey for 6.

Ayush Badoni came out to bat when Lucknow Super Giants were 29/4, and he and Deepak Hooda put on an incredible combination under duress.

Ayush Badoni hammered three back-to-back boundaries to GT captain Hardik Pandya in the 15th over to help Lucknow Super Giants reach 100 runs. Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni put on an incredible 87-run stand before Rashid Khan removed Hooda in the 16th over.

Ayush proceeded to hammer T20 specialist bowlers like Rashid Khan and Lockie Ferguson and completed his fifty off 38 balls to become the first player to score 50+ runs on IPL debut while batting at No.6 or below.

He fell in the final over, when he was dismissed by Varun Aaron, but his effort was hailed by fans all over the country and the world.

We will be following his IPL journey through the season and we hope to see him carry on this beautiful run of form and cement his place in the team for future games.