Very few people would know that Madhwal, a resident of Dhandera, Roorkee, is the neighbor of Rishabh Pant. He completed his engineering before showing keen interest in cricket. He learned cricket under the guidance of Avtar Singh, who trained Pant before moving to Delhi. In an interview with Indian Express, Avtar told about this – Akash’s house is in front of Rishabh. They are neighbors. Rishabh played under me before going to Delhi to train with late Tarak Sinha sir. Madhwal lost his father, who was in the Indian Army, in a tragedy in 2013.
Discovery of Wasim Jaffer and Manish Jha
Uttarakhand head coach Manish Jha told about him – when he came for trial in 2019. We were all very impressed. He is skiddy and fast with smooth action. One of them was the X-Factor. Wasim Bhai (Wasim Jaffer) took him straight away and gave him a chance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali match against Karnataka. Then when Ranji Trophy got canceled during Covid and I took over as the head coach, I told him that he will play in all the three formats. I assured him that he will get a chance to play all the matches.
This is how Rohit Sharma’s favorite bowler became
He said, ‘He has played a lot of tennis ball cricket. Speed was there but accuracy was lacking. He used to experiment a lot with his bowling. My only concern was if you can bowl fast and straight then why are you bowling slow. Slowly he got himself under control. The interesting thing here is that Madhwal joined Mumbai Indians last year as a replacement for Suryakumar Yadav due to injury and has now become Rohit Sharma’s favorite bowler.
Fire was also sprung against Gujarat and Hyderabad
Last week, he scalped the wickets of Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill and David Miller against defending champions Gujarat Titans. He bowled tremendously for Mumbai Indians against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the death overs. The 29-year-old Madhwal first broke the 140-run opening partnership between Vivrant Sharma and Mayank Agarwal and then dismissed Mayank Agarwal. After removing the in-form Heinrich Klaasen, he bowled a toe-crushing yorker for the wicket of Harry Brook.