In Wednesday’s IPL 2023 match between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings, young batter Dhruv Jurel nearly led his club over the finish line. Jurel, who was brought in to make an impression, scored an undefeated 32 off 15 balls, but RR ultimately fell short by five runs. Jurel smashed Arshdeep Singh for two fours and a six to reduce the equation to 16 off 6 with RR requiring 34 runs in the next 12 balls. Sam Curran, however, allowed just 10 runs in the final over, helping PBKS avoid a late scare.
The internet is buzzing over Jurel’s cameo down the order, which was filled with three fours and two sixes.
His six off Arshdeep’s delivery in the penultimate over thrilled former South African all-rounder Chris Morris and West Indies great Ian Bishop, who were on commentary duty.
Jurel tonked the ball into the stands over extra cover off a full-length delivery from Arshdeep.
Morris reserved the highest praise of the night for Jurel, comparing him to ace batter Virat Kohli.
That is a tremendous cricket shot. Moving backwards and hitting the cover beautifully. The Impact Player is here to accomplish that. Eat your heart out, Virat Kohli, he remarked.
Jurel’s cameo was ineffective as PBKS held on to record their second victory of the year and maintain their perfect record in IPL 2023.
The following game for RR will now be on Saturday, April 8 against Delhi Capitals.