Watch: IPL rookie Suyash Prabhudessai ramps absurd, improvised six off 90mph yorker outside wide line in last-over thriller
Watch: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Impact Player Suyash Prabudessai hit an absurd reverse-ramp shot for a six after the equation had reduced to 17 off the last four balls in the team’s game against Chennai Super Kings on Monday (April 17).
Prabhudessai, who made his IPL debut in 2022 and played five games last year, was not named in the XI against CSK but was instead slotted in as an Impact Player. At the toss, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis shied away from revealing the name of the Impact Player they’d use after they won the toss and opted to bowl first. “We might have a trick up the sleeve for the Impact Player,” he said.
RCB soon subbed out Mohammed Siraj after the first innings and got in Prabhudessai, who has a T20 strike rate of 132.33 after 34 games. Fans had to wait till the 17th over to see the 25-year-old in action, walking in at No.7 after Dinesh Karthik’s wicket with the score on 191. Chasing 227 for a win, RCB needed 36 runs in the last three overs, with the equation reducing to 19 off the last over.
Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana, who has a slingy action similar to Lasith Malinga, conceded two singles off the first two balls before Prabhudessai was on strike for the third ball, which was sent down at 146.3kmph.
The batter reached out for the ball that was way outside the off-stump and went down on both his knees before playing a reverse ramp for a six behind the keeper MS Dhoni. It left the commentators amazed, with Pommie Mbangwa screaming “What a beauty,” and his teammates in awe as well.
With 11 needed off three, the game was in the balance but the bowler came back strongly, first bowling a pinpoint yorker and then conceding two before he dismissed Prabhudessai on the last ball of the game for an 11-ball 19, as CSK won the thriller by eight runs.