With the departure of KL Rahul from the Punjab Kings squad, the team has been in requirement of a new permanent Wicket-keeper and they got it in Jonny Barstow. However, although the English player has reached the Punjab Kings camp already, he is not yet available to play as he is undergoing his quarantine session as of now. Thus, 28-year old Indian player Jitesh Sharma is currently doing his job as the PBKS wicketkeeper and he has done a remarkable job so far.
The wicketkeeper gained praise from people from all across the world after his brilliant performance in last night’s match between PBKS and CSK which Punjab ended up winning. He should single handedly get the credit for dismissing MS Dhoni as it was due to Jitesh Sharma’s cunningness that MSD lost his wicket.
Rahul Chahar had bowled a wide ball and MS Dhoni tried to slot it for a four. But Jitesh Sharma was quick to catch it. No one said anything and the umpire had already given a wide ball but Jitesh Sharma immediately pointed out for a DRS review to the umpire and his captain Mayank Agarwal took the review seeing his confidence. And it turned out that Dhoni had indeed edged the ball and he thus had to depart. A brilliant review by the wicket-keeper indeed.
Jitesh Sharma also gave a good cameo performance with the bat as he scored 26(17). Punjab Kings ended up winning the match by a huge margin of 54 runs and it was yet another crushing defeat for Chennai Super Kings. They have now lost all their first three matches and their fate in IPL 2022 does not look so bright. PBKS, on the other hand are seated on the 4th position on the table.