LSG draws parallels between KKR pacer Vaibhav Arora’s last-over heroics and Shoaib Akhtar’s dominance in IPL 2023 clash

Vaibhav Arora showcased his exceptional bowling skills during Match 68 of IPL 2023 against Lucknow Super Giants at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. The fiery pacer delivered an impressive performance, claiming two crucial wickets in his four overs while conceding 30 runs. Despite his efforts, Lucknow Super Giants managed to post a competitive total of 176/8 in their allotted 20 overs.

Arora’s dominance began early in the match, where he exhibited his skill and precision. It was in his third over that he achieved a breakthrough by dismissing Prerak Mankad and Marcus Stoinis, two prominent batsmen from the opposition team.


In the third delivery of the over, Arora executed a well-directed short delivery outside the off-stump, forcing Mankad to mistime his shot. The ball soared in the air, and Harshit Rana made a fantastic catch near the point boundary, resulting in Mankad’s departure after scoring 26 runs off 20 deliveries.

Arora continued to trouble the batsmen with his aggressive bowling. In the fifth delivery of the same over, he unleashed a well-directed bouncer that caught Stoinis off guard. Stoinis failed to control the ball, resulting in a straightforward catch for Venkatesh Iyer. Unfortunately for Stoinis, he departed without troubling the scorers, registering a two-ball duck.

Following Vaibhav Arora’s outstanding performance, Lucknow Super Giants took to Twitter to express their admiration. They compared his bowling spell to the legendary Shoaib Akhtar’s memorable performance for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2008, which took place at the same venue, Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Arora’s display of skill and determination highlights his potential as a formidable pacer in the IPL. His ability to consistently take wickets and create pressure on the opposition batsmen played a crucial role in Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling attack during the match. As the tournament progresses, fans can expect more exceptional performances from this talented young cricketer.