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Ayush Badoni attributes his good IPL debut to his LSG mentor, Gautam Gambhir

Ayush Badoni may have been one of the lesser-known names entering the IPL this year, but he made an impression in his IPL debut for the Lucknow Super Giants against the Gujarat Titans. Badoni was purchased in the big auction for barely INR 20 lakhs, and few anticipated him to make the starting XI. Lucknow, on the other hand, backed him in the first match, and he repaid the faith with a superb half-century in a difficult situation.

There was a lot of pressure on the debutant coming into the crease at 29 for 4, but he took his time at first. After a few deliveries, the 22-year-old settled in comfortably at the crease and unleashed a flurry of spectacular blows, including his trademark scoop over the wicketkeeper’s head for a maximum. The right-hander was unfazed by the circumstances, bowling a 41-ball 54 with four fours and three sixes. He hailed his guru Gautam Gambhir for his good start in an interview, and it’s no surprise.

Badoni expressed regret for missing out on the Delhi squad and described how he worked on his game in the meantime. He remembered his name being up in the huge auction for the previous three years, but there were no takers. The right-hander hailed former Indian hitter Gautam Gambhir for his support and revealed Gambhir’s counsel, which gave him a lot of confidence.