Nicholas Pooran on Winning MLC 2023 Final: The first edition of the Major League Cricket which runs more than 2 weeks long comes to an end on July 31, 2023.
Nicholas Pooran on Winning MLC 2023 Final
Mumbai Indians’ franchise “MI New York” won the inaugural edition of the MLC by beating Seattle Orcas by 7 wickets. Though MI New York struggled to maintain a consistent during the tournament’s beginning stage make an aggressive comeback towards the end of the tournament.
In the first 5 games which is the league stage, MI New York managed to win only 2 games and entered the playoff with the advantage of the positive NRR. On the other hand, their opponent in the final game – Seattle Orcas are the most successive team of the season where they won 4 out of 5 league games.
Seattle Orcas beats Texas Super Kings in Qualifier 1 and made a direct entry for the grand final while MI New York beats Washington Freedom in Eliminator and beats Texas Super Kings in the Challenger to enter the final game.
MI New York made a couple of changes in the MLC 2023 final game by bringing in Hammad in the place of injured Ehsan Adil and also included the debutant Jasdeep Singh in the absence of Kieron Pollard.
MI New York made the risk of including a debutant in the most crucial game and went on to win the title.
— MI New York (@MINYCricket) July 31, 2023
MI New York captain Nicholas Pooran who won the Player of the Match award opens on winning the inaugural title and said: “Chatting today we spoke about creating history. We lost our captain and a couple of players. At the end of the day, I am proud as everyone contributed”.
“Chatting today we spoke about creating history. We lost our captain and a couple of players. At the end of the day, I am proud as everyone contributed. We knew it was a good batting wicket, we were prepared for this moment from a week ago. We had to be confident and believe in each other.
We got over the line today, we were been put under pressure earlier this week. You are going to bat like Nicky P, I told myself and backed my skill. I just had to execute my skills, I have been working on it for the last 5-6 years. It was really special for me. I just want to thank all the fans and supporters, they have been really amazing”, Pooran added.
Quick view of players’ stats in the MLC 2023 Tournament:
- Most runs: Nicholas Pooran (MI New York) – 388
- Most wickets: Trent Boult (MI New York) – 22
- Highest individual score: Nicholas Pooran (137*) vs Seattle Orcas (final)
- Best spell of the season: Saurabh Netravalkar (6/9) vs San Francisco Unicorns