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Behind Abhishek Sharma's Blazing 46-ball 100 Vs ZIM: Laxman Sir's IPL Talk, Father's Wisdom

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Abhishek Sharma fell for a four-ball duck in the first T20I as his dream debut turned into a nightmare. After playing just three balls, Sharma was gone for a duck as he tried to hit Bennett's half-half-tracker over deep mid-wicket. But the ball took the top-half of the bat and went down the throat of Masakadza. However, 24 hours later, the youngster, who impressed in the IPL with SRH, roared back to form with a scintillating 46-ball century, which helped India win by 100 runs and level the contest to 1-1.So, how did this turnaround happen so quickly? It was his father, Rajkumar Sharma's wisdom, that helped his son bounce back in style. Speaking to theindianexpress.com, Rajkumar revealed "He was a bit dejected. You can't blame him. When you get out on nought on your debut, you do question your approach. He was blaming himself for his six-hitting obsession. I reminded him that his six-hitting ability has helped him reach here. Why change your style now, stick to your strength," advised Rajkumar.Abhishek was also given a timely reminder of his prowess stand-in head coach VVS Laxman. The influence of Laxman's strategic advice and his father's unwavering belief created the perfect environment for Sharma to thrive. "Captain (Shubman) and coach (Laxman) saab also had a word with him after the match. Laxman sir told him, 'You were thrashing all the international bowlers in the IPL. Treat it as any IPL match, take your time, get acclimatised and then no one will stop you'," he said."With Shubman being the captain, it has also helped. The duo has opened for Punjab since their U-14 days and now they are opening for India. Mark my words, these two will forge a destructive opening partnership and will win many games for India in the future," added Rajkumar.

Abhishek Sharma's blazing century shows his ability to bounce back from setbacks and the potential to become a consistent force in international cricket.
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