Down but not defeated: Gautam Gambhir on elimination from the IPL

Gautam Gambhir, the coach of the Lucknow Super Giants, posted a unique message on social media following his team’s elimination from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Wednesday. LSG were defeated by 81 runs and totally outplayed by Mumbai Indians in the IPL Eliminator with due credits to teenage bowler Akash Madhwal for his excellent portrayal in the game.

“Down but not defeated! Big thanks to the fans for showing immense love. We’ll be back!” Gambhir posted on Twitter. Adding, “Big thanks to the fans for showing immense love. We’ll be back! #LSGBrigade”

Given the explosive hitting firepower of Lucknow, Mumbai Indians’ score of 182 for 8 in 20 overs seemed to be 15 runs short, but Madhwal’s unbelievable figures of 3.3-0-5-5 and some excellent ground fielding under the leadership of skipper Rohit Sharma caused the side, coached by Gautam Gambhir, to collapse for 101 runs in 16.3 overs.

The Sanjiv Goenka-owned team had three run-outs in what ended up being a disappointing evening.

To determine who will face the Chennai Super Kings in the major final on Sunday, MI will now play Gujarat Titans in the second qualifier on Friday in Ahmedabad.

In the initial half Naveen ul Haq stood out whose 4 for 37 left everyone thinking about MI’s final score, Madhwal definitely reaffirmed the faith of his skipper.