Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava
New Delhi: New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson had been the most sought after player ahead of the IPL 7 auctions. Mumbai, who have a reputation of signing all the big names, splurged Rs 4.5 crores for the left-hander as he became the part of their star-studded squad.
But ever since the tournament kicked off, Anderson looked off-colour and failed to live up to the expectations of the team management. In the UAE leg, the left-hander scored just 73 runs as Mumbai lost five matches in a row.
Even in India, he failed to find momentum and was dropped after having scored just 77 runs from five matches.
But despite his poor form right throughout the IPL, the Mumbai think tank reinstated the southpaw for the big match against the Rajasthan Royals. Considering the big-hitting skills required to seal their berth for the play-offs, the Rohit Sharma-led side decided to give Anderson yet another chance.
This time the Kiwi grabbed the opportunity with both hands and played one of the finest knocks in IPL history. His 44-ball 95 was a delight to watch, and it couldn`t have come at a better place than the Wankhede stadium.
While the rest of the team failed to soak the pressure of the high-octane clash, Anderson proved his worth as a world class player and single-handedly stormed his side into the play-offs.