He is not a person who played cricket since his childhood. Madhwal is a civil engineer for whom the sport was just a hobby. Watching him in this season, one would find it hard to believe that the 29-year-old used to play tennis ball cricket until four years ago.
Till the age of 24, Madhwal hadn't played with a red ball until he caught the attention of then Uttarakhand coach Wasim Jaffer and current coach Manish Jha during trials in 2019.
Madhwal is the first cricketer from the Uttarakhand state team to play in the IPL -- Rishabh Pant, a native of Uttarakhand, plays for Delhi in domestic cricket.
After Naveen-ul-Haq's four-fer saw Mumbai post a 180+ target at Chepauk, Madhwal turned the tables to silence Lucknow.
From 69/2, Lucknow was reduced to 101 all out. And the credit goes to Madhwal. The Uttarakhand captain, who came into the side in the previous IPL as Suryakumar Yadav's injury replacement, turned in sizzling figures of 5/5 in 3.3 overs.
Not only a stellar five-wicket haul, he also had a stunning economical spell, bowling at 1.42 per over. Madhwal's wicket haul included Prerak Mankad (3), Ayush Badoni (1), Nicholas Pooran (0), Ravi Bishnoi (3) and Mohsin Khan (0).
Apart from Madhwal, Chris Jordan and Piyush Chawla picked up a wicket each, while MI effected three run outs.
MI take on defending champions Gujarat Titans on Friday for a place in the final.